book of bass riffs : recommendations please!

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  1. sjm2357

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    Hi all,

    Anyone know any good books for beginners with lots of bass riffs?

    Thanks,
    Sean.
  2. mambo4

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  3. MalcolmAmos

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    Bass Styles Made Easy by Chris Matheos $14.95

    Quoting Chris Matheos; "The pattern is not that difficult. Playing a pattern in a chord progression takes a bit more skill. Now you are dealing with a moving pattern. Playing with a band takes the most skill. You have to focus on time, feel, and groove, as well as playing the pattern."
    Reason I put that in is; ask yourself how will you groove that riff. Knowing a riff or pattern is first, gotta at least have the pattern into muscle memory - then after that knowing how to use it is next. Locking that in with the drummer is also kinda important.

    Bass Grooves by Ed Friedland $19.99 is also full of patterns and anything Ed writes has value.

    Quoting Ed; "Most bass lines are constructed from the same elements - roots, 5th, octaves, triads - with varying connecting material such as scalar and chromatic passing tones. The defining factor in a genre is most often its rhythmic content ......"

    Basic Reggae riff will/can use the R-3-5 notes. So will a Zydeco riff. And for that matter so will SKA. The rhythm sets them apart. My reason for pointing this out, on my first reading of Ed's Bass Grooves I concentrated on the notes and missed the part about the groove. Play the riff grooving with the drummer. .......... Or a drum track, click track, something.

    Have fun.
  4. mambo4

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    yes yes yes.
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    It took me a long time to figure this out on my own. Ed nails it here.
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    +1
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