Good Books?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by outofstep, Feb 4, 2002.

  1. outofstep


    Dec 5, 2001
    Sonoma, CA
    I need recommendations on instructional books... Preferably something with jazz or blues... I'm trying to expand my horizons as far as bass playing goes... So list some good instructional books you've own, or owned or whatever
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Any of the Sher line of Real Books.
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    Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book.
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    Jamey Aebersold's line. I recommend Vols. 1, 3, 24, 34, 48, 54, 56, 70 to start.
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    Rufus Reid's The Evolving Bassist.
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  3. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Another place you can check is:

    Many bass instruction books and videos are listed and sold there. I recommend that you buy a book with a CD, because then you can hear the examples and know how they are to be played.

    I take that back. If you are an advanced player and a good reader of standard notation, you may not require the CD. If you are a beginner, however, the books that have CDs are a tremendous help.
  4. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Forgive me. It is late, so I forgot to add...

    One of my personal favorite instruction books for blues is "Mel Bay's Complete Blues Bass Book" by Mark Hiland (with CD.)

    Another helpful one for blues as an adjunct to the above book, but not a substitute for it, is "101 Blues Licks for Bass Guitar" (with CD.)

    Al of the books recommended by Jazzbo are excellent, too. I have several of those.
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