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Bass books with standard notation only

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by funkybass, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. funkybass


    Oct 19, 2006
    What are some bass books with SN only? I'm looking to brush up on my reading.
  2. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Carol Kaye stuff.

    Start with " Easy Electric Bass" and move up from there.

    I'm not crazy about the Mel Bay stuff.
  3. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I like "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" (James Jamerson transcriptions) IIRC there's no tab in that one.

    Also a big fan of the Real Book series.
  4. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Oct 21, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    That Motown book is great for tunes and for reading.

    Look for "Reading Contemporary Electric Bass Rhythms" by Rich Appleman on Berklee Press. Also consider Simandl's 30 Etudes for reading in different keys, or Bach's suites for solo cello.
  5. catyak


    Sep 10, 2010
    Denver, CO

    I've seen that mentioned before. I've been to her web site and didn't see the book. Is it published under a different title these days?
  6. I've had good luck with taking green painter's tape and putting it over the TAB. This way if you're a bit lost on the notation, you can focus your eyes and see through to see the note, but it certainly doesn't stick out at you.
  7. funkybass


    Oct 19, 2006
    Great idea,thanks.
  8. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I just got Rich Appleman's book yesterday. I've been reading bass lines for about 40 years. This is a very good book for people wanting to get into reading in a serious way, and there are some very interesting and challenging things that I'm looking forward to dealing with.

    Simandl has been my friend for a long time. Great book also.
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Get anything in bass clef. Trombone etudes, bottom line of Bach two part inventions that kind of thing. There's a series from Charles Colin Studios that is nice.
  10. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    +1, get anything you can get your hands on in bass clef.
  11. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Bach is a great suggestion; in some of his pieces, he actually makes a point of using each of the 12 notes at least once. Plus with Bach you can usually hear obviously when you make a mistake. :)
  12. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    go to a music store and raid the closeout rack for bass clef music....
  13. jfv


    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Big band charts are awesome if you can find some.
  14. ransombass


    Dec 16, 2008
    Tulsa, Ok
    The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid

    I've been working out of this book for several years. It's a great method.

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