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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by sjm2357, Apr 6, 2014.
Anyone know any good books for beginners with lots of bass riffs?
Jon Liebman's Bass Grooves - The Ultimate Collection
My favorite 'light reading" bass book.
John pops up on here on TB from time to time as well.
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.
yes yes yes.
It took me a long time to figure this out on my own. Ed nails it here.
Paul Westwood's "Bass Bible" is stellar. It contains almost 1,000 "riffs" from virtually every major style of music around the world - including CDs. I've stolen many ideas from this one.
Get a hold of Jauqo's "Essence of the Groove", lots of great lines with tracks.
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