Need some info on the book Hal Leonard Bass Method I,II,III

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by icebolt99, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. icebolt99


    May 22, 2013
    Is this book really good and can teach you how to create your own bass lines and etc...
  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    In a word...."YES", to both questions.

    IMO it is one of the best all round tutorial books out there.

    If I remember correctly, TAB is not used throughout the complete set of volumes, which IMO is a good thing as it kind of forces you to learn basic notation.

    A good investment. :)
  3. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I'm trying to imagine the following situation:
    In a studio, a very good bass player is trying to show his/her phrasing to the piano/keyboard/saxophone/trumpet player by using TAB instead of basic notation.
  4. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    I assume your point is..."learn notation, not tab"...and I totally agree. I was just trying to let the OP know what to expect from the book(s). :)
  5. soflbass


    Mar 2, 2013
    S Florida
    I have the three volume set. the answer to your questions is yes. I'd recommend them to anyone.
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I recommend them to my students, I own all the books but I think I stopped mid book 1, it has been about a decade maybe it is time to go back and use them myself.

    The editions I learned with are tab as well, the current editions do not have tab, the world is phasing out tab.
  7. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
    Building Walking Bass Lines. Finished Book 1 and moving through #2. I think you can get all 3 separately or in one spiral bound book (I prefer separate), with or without CD (I prefer CD) and I may have recently seen a new version that included TAB as well I but could be wrong on this one (I prefer notation).
    I use these books with an instructor weekly.
  8. BassNStrings


    Jul 15, 2013
    I have been using the Hal Leonard Book 1 since I began practicing 2 weeks ago. In that short amount of time, I have been able to memorize the notes and play without looking at the fretboard (80% of the time) And there is NO tab, only notation which I like.
    Granted, I'm very much a beginner but Leonard's book is definitely working for me. Almost at the end and looking forward to Book 2.
  9. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I just wanted to let you all know that, prior to reading these posts, I didn't know about the Hal Leanard books.

    As soon as I finished reading them, I logged on to and bought the spiral bound copy of book 1, 2 and 3 with the CD.

    Thanks to everyone for the recommendation.
  10. FloridaTim


    May 29, 2013
    Kissimmee, FL
    I went out and bought the 3 pack today. I don't know how to read sheet music and I am a firm believer in re-visiting the basics... often. Should be fun.