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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by funkybass, Aug 27, 2012.
What are some bass books with SN only? I'm looking to brush up on my reading.
Carol Kaye stuff.
Start with " Easy Electric Bass" and move up from there.
I'm not crazy about the Mel Bay stuff.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
+1, get anything you can get your hands on in bass clef.
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.
go to a music store and raid the closeout rack for bass clef music....
Big band charts are awesome if you can find some.
The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid
I've been working out of this book for several years. It's a great method.