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heavy metal bass books and videos

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by ocrichie, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. ocrichie


    Jun 1, 2005
    What are some good books or videos that teaches how to play heavy metal bass? There are plenty on heavy metal guitar but not on the bass.

    I found 4 books on heavy metal for the bass, if anyone has used any of them, feedbacks are welcomed.

    Heavy Metal Bass Licks: Book 1 (Progressive Young Beginners
    Heavy Metal Bass Licks: Book 2 (Progressive Young Beginners
    Heavy Metal Bass Guitar (Progressive Young Beginners)
    Heavy Metal Bass Technique (Progressive Young Beginners

    They are all by Stephan Richter

    FASTFORWARD: METAL BASS STYLES (Fast Forward (Music Sales)) by Phil Mulford
  2. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004
    Alot of those books are most likely garbage. Metal is the kind of musical skill you can aquire simply by listening to it and trying to duplicate. Not like it is different from any other type of music. It is just a more simple format. With easier patterns to deviate from. For instance. CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA BAAAA DAA DAAA CHUGA JUD JUD JUD.... Repeat a bunch of times and u have a death metal song. Not putting down the genre.. Look at my name.

    Another thing though. It is alot easier to write this kind of music on a guitar. Because simply because you can hear the end result on the guitar right away. You never know what those planned pinch harmonics are gonna sound like before you bring it to the guys. :bassist: :hyper:
  3. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Right. It's not like if you learn "regular" bass or even, Horgh forbid, "jazz theory" or something, it's not like you can't use the skills and information you've learned in one place and apply them to another. Learning chord structures the fusion way will never get in the way of playing chords in zydeco, and so on.

    The trick to learning the metal "style" if you will, is to build up your knowledge and skill base, so that you can look at riff conventions, and not think "Wow, it's chugga chugga chug," rather "Ah, I see many of these riffs are based around a dimished pentatonic scale."

    Just learn music. Music is universal, learning metal is pigeonholing yourself. Because, y'know, you'll never have a pickup gig as an folk guy or anything.
  4. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004

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