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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ryrich22, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. ryrich22


    Nov 23, 2012
    Any thoughts on the study bass sight? I have looked through it and it seems good. I was hoping somebody with more experience may be able to dig in a little deeper with the good and bad, if any. I am also looking for a theory book designed for bass. I had one for guitar that I believe was through Alfred that was good. While here I was hoping to find some ideas. Thanks to all.
  2. www.studybass.com is well worth any time you elect to spend there. IMO there are no negatives at that site, its all good.

    As to theory pertaining to bass. Any of Ed Friedland's books. Ed has a talent for writing, he puts words together in such a way that we all understand what he is saying. His book Building Walking Bass Lines is IMO the best book on that subject. Go to Amazon and do a search on Ed Friedland. Pick which ever you think you need. For example" http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=ed+friedland

    For pure theory go here. http://www.billygreen.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Music Theory - Basic, Intermediate, Advanced.pdf

    I just started a new book "Bass Styles Made Easy" by Chris Matheos. It lists basic bass lines for several styles of music. For example here are a few of those lines:

    • Rock & Roll R-3-5-6 or R-R-3-3-5-5-6-5
    • Jazz Swing R-2-3-5
    • Funk b7-7-R-b7-7-8-5-b7
    • Country 8-5-8-5 instead of the ole classic R-5-R-5.

    You might keep this one in mind as a follow up to "Building Walking Bass Lines".

    The book "Bass Guitar for Dummies" is a good starter how to play bass book. I'm a pattern guy and got most all my patterns from "Dummies".

    And then learn how to play using fake chord sheet music. Why fake chord? Because most bands pass among themselves fake chord sheet music, you are expected to be able to play from fake chord.

    Good luck.
  3. macrocheesium


    Sep 12, 2012
    I learned using StudyBass and I have no regrets about it. Very informative and helpful. However, I do wish I had started taking real lessons sooner. As good as the website is, no online lessons will ever be as good as a one-on-one teacher.
  4. xdanxx


    Mar 12, 2008
    the website will give you a good base to work from.
  5. ryrich22


    Nov 23, 2012
    Thanks to all, very helpful.

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