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CAn someone suggest any good site reading books?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MorganM, Sep 10, 2002.

  1. MorganM


    Dec 11, 1999
    I want to increase my bass clef reading skills. I have treble cleff down and it sometimes screws me up when reading bass cleff.

    Can someone suggest some good site reading books at about an intermediate difficulty with no tabs?

  2. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Books I like:

    Berklee sight-reading for electric bass (Rich Appleman)

    Dotzauer 'Cello studies

    Simandl 30 studies for double bass (goes through many keys, time signatures and styles)

    also for general interest:

    The Working Bassist's Toolkit (Ed Friedland)

    Essential Styles for Drums and Bass (Bruce Haughton and Tom Warrington)

    The Evolving Bassist
    (Rufus Reid)
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I use Mel Bay's "Note Reading Studies for Bass" for all of my beginning electric students, and I like it a lot. It takes you from the absolute basics to 16th note syncopations in the span of one thin volume, and does a pretty nice job of it.

    Beyond that, the "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" is pretty good for reading chops as well if you don't mind some goofiness from the "guest artists".
  4. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Arban's Conservatory for Trombone.
  5. mjw


    Jun 12, 2001
    Spring, TX USA
    Ron Velosky's "Sight Reading For The Electric Bass" is also very good. (No tabs, either!) :)
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Aarban's for Trombone
    "Reading Contemporary Electric Bass Rhythms" by Rich Appleman
    The Charlie Parker Omnibook
    Standing in the Shadows...
  7. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Inactive

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    "Reading Contemporary Electric Bass Rhythms" by Rich Appleman

    This book is great but has anyone ever noticed how many Mistakes there are ?

    Those stinnett books being recomended above are great .

  8. ohh he meant sight reading..

    ok.. good suggestions.. I'm gonna write them down too..
  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I have used "Note Reading Studies for Bass" and recommend it, but the October 2002 issue of Bass Player mentions a new book that might be helpful too. Mind you, I haven't seen it myself.

    Essential Sightreading Studies for Electric Bass, Vol. l

    Molto Music, $17.95; with CD


    Some exercises from the book are are page 85 of the Oct. Bass Player.
  10. mapfbadger


    Sep 22, 2002
    The Charlie Parker Omnibook for Bass Clef. If you can sight read that you can sight read pretty much everything........Maybe

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