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Book recommendations

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

  1. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    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.

  2. THRAK2


    Jul 13, 2013
  3. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Ed Friedland's books are awesome. Maybe start with the Bassist's Toolkit.
  4. LordDog


    Jun 25, 2013
    Norwich UK
    +1 for Ed Friedland :)
  5. THRAK2


    Jul 13, 2013
    Great call. Friedland's books are excellent. Sean Malone's bass theory book is really good as well.
  6. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    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

    Jun 30, 2011
    Cary, NC
    I've been reading Bass Guitar for Dummies and Bass Guitar Exercises for Dummies by Patrick Pfeiffer. Check them out.
  8. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    I recently picked up Jaco Pastorius bass method which has been fun to read and play.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I stay stuck in a rut...

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

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

    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-
    Kick pattern (keeping it basic)

    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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