The Bass Player Book

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(Book). This is the right-hand man for players who live and breathe bass, or for beginners who want an all-in-one guide to the instrument that "shakes the low end" of rock, pop, jazz and more. This handbook details the ins and outs of buying basses and equipment; provides set-up and electronics tips; and explores unique characteristics of landmark bass models. Chapters on technique cover bass basics, theory, fretless playing, acoustic bass, the essentials of various music styles, recording, gigging, and more. Seminal interviews with great ...
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Overview

(Book). This is the right-hand man for players who live and breathe bass, or for beginners who want an all-in-one guide to the instrument that "shakes the low end" of rock, pop, jazz and more. This handbook details the ins and outs of buying basses and equipment; provides set-up and electronics tips; and explores unique characteristics of landmark bass models. Chapters on technique cover bass basics, theory, fretless playing, acoustic bass, the essentials of various music styles, recording, gigging, and more. Seminal interviews with great bassists include Jeff Berlin, Stanley Clarke, John Pattitucci, Bill Wyman, and many others. 44 pages, 8 3/8 x 10 7/8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879305734
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Goodwin Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 468,544
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, About The Editor 7
Foreword 10
Introduction 12
Pt. 1 Playing The Bass
Starting Out On Electric Bass 16
Proper Positioning 30
Learning From Yourself 31
Beginning Theory For Bassists 34
Grooving On The Grid: How To Improve Your Sense Of Time 50
Rock & Roll Basics 54
Blues Essentials: 15 Lines You Must Know 72
Country Bass: The Song Is King 77
Understanding Afro-Cuban Grooves: A Latin Primer 84
Introduction To Jazz: Navigating A Chord Chart 88
Walking Bass Techniques 92
Thumbstyle Technique (Slap Bass) 95
Bass Harmonics 98
Freelancing 101: Nine Steps To Nailing The Gig 101
Requirements Of The Working Bassist 105
Pt. 2 Equipment
How To Buy An Electric Bass 110
Buying An Acoustic Bass 116
The Right Way To Install Strings 118
Setup Essentials: Adjusting Your Bass For Top Performance 121
Amp Basics 126
Effects Basics 129
Setting Up An Amp & Speakers 131
Acoustic-Upright Amplification 134
Recording Electric Bass: A Step-By-Step Guide 138
Gear Glossary 148
The Great Basses 154
Pt. 3 Innovators
James Jamerson: Interview With A Ghost 164
Paul McCartney: Meet The Beatle 170
Larry Graham: One In A Million 178
Stanley Clarke: Stan Is Still The Man 182
Jaco Pastorius: The Rise Of A Legend, 1967-72 186
The Essential Jaco: 25 Historic Tracks 190
Flea: Leading A Thrash-Funk Revolution 194
Les Claypool: The Cheese Stands Alone 200
The Agony & The Ecstacy 206
A Musical Bibliography: 30 Bass Albums You Must Own 208
Index 218
Contributors 223
Photo Credits 224
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