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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Joshuadriller, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Joshuadriller

    Joshuadriller

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    Can anyone suggest a book for a self taught bass player? I've been playing for about 6 years and I feel like I'm caught in a rut. I've learned tidbits of info online, but I feel like I've missed some fundamental information to keep me from progressing.

    Thanks!!
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    THRAK2 Gold Supporting Member

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  3. LM Bass

    LM Bass

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    Ed Friedland's books are awesome. Maybe start with the Bassist's Toolkit.
  4. LordDog

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    +1 for Ed Friedland :)
  5. THRAK2

    THRAK2 Gold Supporting Member

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    Great call. Friedland's books are excellent. Sean Malone's bass theory book is really good as well.
  6. wrench45us

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    what kind of music do you play?

    what kind of music do you want to play?

    what do you think is missing from your current playing?

    {there are a lot of books out there}
  7. BlackRussian

    BlackRussian Padawan Learner Supporting Member

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    I've been reading Bass Guitar for Dummies and Bass Guitar Exercises for Dummies by Patrick Pfeiffer. Check them out.
  8. rickster4003

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    I recently picked up Jaco Pastorius bass method which has been fun to read and play.
  9. JimK

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    I stay stuck in a rut...

    Two(2) books that have helped me in the past-

    1>
    Standing In The Shadows Of Motown- Dr. Licks
    (forced to me to up whatever reading chops I had)

    2>
    Funkifying The Clave For Drums & Bass by Lincoln Goines/Robbie Ammeen
    See if you can tap a 2-bar Clave with one hand whilst tapping out the Pulse with the other.
    Then see if you drop off a 1/4 note on the 2nd bar (effectively becoming a Bar of 4 + a bar of 3), etc.

    Some other things to try-
    Using drum books as a source, try playing kick drum patterns (you supply the note or notes)...then see if you can move the rhythm to the right by an 1/8th note-
    Example-
    Kick pattern (keeping it basic)
    l1---(2)---3-&-(4)-&-l

    Displaced by an 1/8th note (moved by an 1/8th note 'to-the-right' within the bar)-
    l(1)-&-(2)---(3)-&-4---l1-&-(2)---(3)-&-4---l etc

    As you can see, the 1-bar figure now crosses-the-barline...becoming a 2-bar figure.
    ...then try it with the Snare pattern, etc.

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