Music Book Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by AngelInFlames, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. AngelInFlames


    Jul 15, 2013
    Can anyone recommend a music book with some good bluegrass bass lines written out? I ordered (sight-unseen) the Parking Lot Pickers book but was disappointed to find that it's mostly nothing but I-Vs for each chord. I'm a newbie and can do the I-Vs by ear, along with some of the standard walkups and arpeggios, but would like some other ideas that I can practice and apply to other tunes. Thanks!
  2. Blues56


    Oct 27, 2012
    I recently purchased "Mel Bay Presents 50 Tunes for Bass, Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos". It has the usual I-V patterns but the book also provides a lot of walking bass lines and solos. It also comes with three CDs for play along. Hope this helps.
  3. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Queen City of the Plains
    Krivo Pickups
    "The lost art of country bass" by Keith Rosier is a great book that has a lot of different country lines and styles outside of the basic one five stuff. He covers some styles that are a little more electric-oriented, but everything sits fine on DB.

    I have some input to the "what to play outside of I-V" question and I'll offer this piece of advice. One of the things that I try to employ outside of basic Root-Five to keep it sounding happening is two-feel walking (as opposed to the four feel walking that rules bop/modern jazz.) It moves the music forward while keeping that deep two feel pocket that I feel is essential for tight bluegrass bands. You can find great examples of this on old Django Reinhardt recordings, try to transcribe some. Also, try and transcribe some bluegrass/old time guitar runs. Or better yet, get lessons from a good bluegrass bassist! Transcribing/lessons/jams have helped me much more than books for roots music, but everything helps. Good luck!
  4. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    +1 to JayB's recommendation. It's a fantastic book.
  5. AngelInFlames


    Jul 15, 2013
    Thanks - I knew there must be something out there!

    Really wish I could afford a teacher - but it was really pushing it with our finances to get the bass, and at this point I can't spend any more, except for a book.