I've been looking for bass books to sharpen by understanding and playing. Two books that caught my attention are:
1) Walking Bassics The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing by Ed Fuqua
2) Modern Walking Bass Technique by Mark Richmond.
Can I get some feedback on them?
There's a couple of threads in this part of the forum that has some discussion of my book, after some folks respond I'm happy to answer any questions.
I have both books. Both books are good but different. Wish both were more elaborate in explaining the notes choices in the examples. You have to do most of the analyzing yourself which is fine if you already know a lot about walking bass. If you want a step by step walking bass method the book of Ed Friedland might be a better choice.
i dont know ed's book, but im sure its great. i love mike's book, and it reflects his own playing quite nicely. there are so many books out there. id recommend the jazz theory book by mark levine (i have the version called the jazz piano book. also very good book) to accompany the previous 2 books on walking bass. will give you insight into harmony, chord symbols and note choices. having said that. there are so many today, just pick one and go. its not like years ago when choices were limited pretty much only to david baker (which are also great but his walking lines arent as hip)
I have an extensive collection of jazz bass books going back 30+years. Ed Fuquas book is one of the best on walking lines and also one of the most concise. Now that I play a lot of bop and hard bop, I found myself using Ed's book as a refresher. I have Ray Browns, Ron Carter's, Rick Lairds, etc. I would take Eds.
I would also recommend Dan Haerle's " the Jazz Language" over Mark Levines book. Haerles is more 101 than Levine, which is more advanced.
My one complaint about all these jazz bass line books is the lack of stuff on two chord per bar changes or rhythm changes.
Ed's book is also equally applicable to upright and slab players, as it is thankfully free of references to that old coot Simandl for us shoulder cripples who now only play slab.
Is there also a good book that is specified on Blues walking bass? Not the jazz blues but the traditional blues.
I don't know Ed's book, but have seen several positive reviews of it. Mike Richmond's book is great because it gives very detailed and precise instructions and examples for creating percussive grace notes that add tremendously to the bounce and swing of a walking bass line. It also contains some great ideas for triplet "drops."
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