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music theory

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by danqi, Jul 21, 2001.

  1. danqi


    May 21, 2001
    i've been playing for a few months now and i decided that it is time for me to get into some basic music theory. the problem is that i have no idea which book i should buy. i can't check them out before buying because i am going to have to order a book on the internet since all the music-related stores i know of have only very small assortments of bass-related books. and those which they got consist mostly of playalong exercises. but i want to know about stuff like scales (what they are used for), triads (what that is), etc.
    i don't have a problem with odering english books since i'd judge my english to be sufficient (i'm german).
    could you maybe recommend me some books or is there even something like THE one great book of bass?

  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Might I also suggest a TalkBass forum called "General Instruction" Where this thread is being moved to.
  3. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    Don't BUY anything. Checkt he Wheat book that cafepurgatory mentioned. There's plenty of good free stuff around on the InterNet and books are more often than not a big dissapointment/ waste of money.

    EDIT: awful grammar and spelling
  4. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Teachers are a great way to go in this area. Especially because it doesn't have to be a bass teacher. Piano teachers often charge less and can teach you lots of theory.

  5. danqi


    May 21, 2001
    thanks, especially for that wheat book link. i'm gonna check that out. maybe i'll even get a teacher.
  6. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    take theory classes at college.. it will help a bunch... even if you're old.. you can still sign up for some classes.

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