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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by RxFunk, Dec 15, 2012.


  1. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    I know this topic has probably been covered a ton, but I'm just looking for some good bass books. I bought the first HL Bass Method book, and I'll probably get the rest in the series too, but what should I get that will really help me with these genres: jazz, blues, funk, soul, RnB? Should I get some stuff on walking as well? Anything with both notation and tab would be helpful too, as my music notation skills aren't so good.
     
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  3. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
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    Walking is essential because you'll learn how move from chord to chord. Walking is used in nearly every form of modern music.

    Building Walking Bass Lines by Hal Leonard is a great one.
     
  4. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    Yeah, I thought that would be a good one to get. How difficult is the book itself, I'm only part way through bass method 1 if that helps give an indication of skill level.
     
  5. fearceol

    fearceol Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Ireland
  6. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    Would you recommend that I get into that as soon as I can, or only after I have a good basic understanding of general theory?
     
  7. wrench45us

    wrench45us

    Aug 26, 2011
    Ed Friedland's book as well as Ed Fuqua's covers the theory as it mves through the exercises

    Jay Hungerford's book has a lot of useful examples that may fit together better once one has some theory understanding. (if one's mind finds that useful)

    All of this made more sense to me when I worked through Todd Johnson's DVD/book series on walking, since I needed a lot of small step repetition to establish a base and the other books seemed to me to be more appropriate for a more intermediate player.
     
  8. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    What's the Todd Johnson book series called?
     
  9. fearceol

    fearceol Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Ireland
  10. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
  11. _chrispy

    _chrispy

    Jul 20, 2011
  12. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
  13. boristhespider9

    boristhespider9

    Sep 9, 2008
    The entire Teach Me Bass Guitar DVD/Book program by Roy Vogt. It's a huge bargain for what you get and it will keep you busy for a long time. I recommend you either order the color book with it or be prepared to print a lot of pages in color off the DVD. The book, in color, is essential to get the most out if it.
     
  14. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    Where can I buy it from? Amazon?
     
  15. funkybass

    funkybass

    Oct 19, 2006
    Indiana
    Bassbooks.com has it.
     
  16. funkybass

    funkybass

    Oct 19, 2006
    Indiana
  17. Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a master class in R&B bass playing, and will also get your reading chops together in a hurry. The book is half biography of Jamerson, half transcribed basslines to a bunch of the tunes he recorded. Plus, there's a play-along CD with a bunch of well-known bassists playing the basslines, and you can pan the stereo channels to cut out the basslines so you can play along.

    The book is worth getting just to see 80's photos of some of the bassists.
     
  18. And if you want a good introduction to jazz bass, check out John Goldsby's "The Jazz Bass Book: Technique and Tradition." He's got bios on many of the key bassists in the jazz tradition, along with transcriptions of some of their basslines. The last 1/3 of the book is chapters on practicing, concepts, technical exercises, etc...
     
  19. boristhespider9

    boristhespider9

    Sep 9, 2008
    I think his web site sells it directly.
     
  20. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    There's a site just for books on bass?!?!!
     
  21. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    Oooh, I do!
     



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