Raves for Oscar Stagnaro's "Latin Bass Book"

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by RunngDog, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. RunngDog


    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    After some price-tag related hesitation, I bought myself a copy of Oscar Stagnaro's "Latin Bass Book" for Christmas. I've been playing through it the past couple of days, and all I can say is WOW!

    This is one of the best instructional packages I've ever purchased. The seemingly high price tag (I think I paid around $35) is deceiving, since what you get for that price is equal to about three standard instruction packages -- 261 pages of transcription material and 3+ hours of recorded material on three disks. Unlike lots of instructional packages that provide a disk full of little 10-20 second examples, the Stagnaro disks contains only full pieces, typically 3+ minutes in length, played by Stagnaro and a top-notch group of musicians. Good enough to listen to just for the pleasure of the music -- and lots of fun to play along with as well.

    The only negative (for some people) is the lack of tab notation. But if you can read standard even a bit, this package should be a great way to improve your sight reading skills.
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  2. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    $35 ain't jack for what you get with this book!

    i think this is a great book and oscar is a great player and educator!
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  3. Great book! I also listen to the CDs for pleasure.
  4. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    me too! i have them playing in my car...people think i'm weird ;)
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  5. RunngDog


    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Same here ... but people really don't think I'm weird -- the CDs are that good.
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  6. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    I just got mine and am dipping my toe in the water. I'm already amazed at the first lesson and the amount of music that can be had from R-5-8 variations and how challenging it can be when the changes come fast and furious. I had to get the Slowdowner, but it's a lot of fun. Kudos to Oscar Stangnaro.

    Oh yeah, and the music on the CDs is beautiful on its own, and I think a great way to get it in your ears.
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  7. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I love it. I don't have the opportunity to play Cuban music. I just set a metronome to a tempo I can handle and start reading. It's great sight reading practice. And since so much pop and jazz music has it's roots in Cuban rhythms, it's really a big help. Every bass player should own a copy.
  8. IamGroot

    IamGroot Inactive

    Jan 18, 2018
    Glad to hear all the great reviews. I have been raving about Oscars book for a while. This book belongs in every bass players library. I think Its a required text at several schools besides Berklee where Oscar teaches.

    Those first exercises are tough, so get out your metromes and set to beat on 1 and 3. Feeling the clave is super important, so spend time on hearing/feeling the rhythm and getting it exactly right. Again, highly recommend a metronome because rhat 180 bpm and higher tempo is awfully fast for folks new to the material.

    No tab is a good thing here as you want to practice playing those patterns all over the neck.
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  9. Love this book! I second that it is a great book to practice site reading. Awesome play along recordings as well.