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Slap It - Bass book - £16.95 - OUT OF STOCK

The Jazz Bass Book - £16.95

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Brave New Bass - £16.95

American Basses - £19.95

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Funk Guitar & Bass

Details the history of funk, then teaches guitarists and bassists lessons and exercises in the styles of the pros. All of the greats get their due, including James Brown, Sly Stone, Parliament/Funkadelic, Kool & the Gang, the Isley Brothers, Average White Band, Prince, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and others. The accompanying CD contains all of the musical examples, and a funk glossary lays out the lingo. Hardcover, with spiral binding.

£16.95







First Bass - The Ultimate Guide To Bass Fundamentals. 96 pages, paperback + CD, B&W illustrations throughout.

First Bass is the ultimate book of fundamentals for the electric bass, designed to take the beginner to the next level. Through indispensable reading basics and exercises, this unique guide explores all techniques, concepts, and styles that cover 50 years of electric bass playing. The author also analyses scales, modes, popular music chord progressions, equipment, special effects, and recording techniques are also analysed, giving bass players all the tools they need to improve their skills and develop their own styles. The audio CD demonstrates examples from the book.

£13.95




The Working Bassist's Toolkit

This book by Bass Player contributing editor and columnist Ed Friedland teaches electric or acoustic bassists of any style the musical skills essential in the working world, survival tips for tackling any gig, and techniques for achieving a competitive edge. It helps new working bassists hit the ground running, and pro players grow stronger. Topics include time and groove, chord charts, ear training, doubling, thumb technique, keeping time, faking tunes and many more, plus ways to assess a gig and deliver the goods. Includes lots of musical examples and exercises, both in the book and on the play-along CD.

£12.95





Recording Guitar & Bass

Guitarists and bassists are forever striving to capture their instrument's sound on recordings. This hands-on guide describes the techniques that accomplish this best. The book provides practical advice for creating a home studio space, choosing and using amps and microphones, processing and enhancing sound with effects, and special approaches for recording acoustic and electric bass and guitar, as well as double bass. It also includes interviews with top technicians, producers and musicians in which they teach their tricks of the trade. A 63-track companion CD demonstrates every important technique and sound, including: variation created by different amplifiers, microphones, positioning within the studio, EQ applications, and more. Features a full glossary that explains all the tech terms you'll need to know.

£19.95


Paul McCartney - Bassmaster

Paul McCartney is one of the best pop bass players in the world, and this book presents a musical analysis of his consistently inventive and influential bass playing during his tenure in the Beatles. This indispensable guide offers full transcriptions (including tablature and chord names) of nine of McCartney's most revered bass parts: “Dear Prudence,” “Drive My Car,” “In My Life,” “Lovely Rita,” and more. Each track is analysed and explained in detail to show today's bassists how much they can still learn from McCartney's remarkable skill and imagination.

£15.95






The Jazz Bass Book - Technique And Tradition. 240 pages, paperback with CD, B&W illustrations throughout.

More than a player's manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. Bassists get expert guidance on mastering proper technique, practice methods and improvisation, plus new insight into the theoretical and conceptual aspects of jazz. The companion CD featuring bass plus rhythm section allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fast versions. It also offers play-along tracks of typical chord progressions and song forms.

£16.95



How The Fender Bass Changed The World - 192 pages, paperback, 100 colour photos.

This book by the founding editor and former publisher of Bass Player magazine not only celebrates the 50-year history of Fender's revolutionary Precision Bass, it also – for the first time – illuminates the full scope of its profound impact on music and society. Focusing on the bass' artistic influence, it details the technical milestones that gave the bass its musical power. This book also describes the impact of the bass in the hands of such visionaries as James Jamerson; cheers the innovations of rockers like Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle and Sting; and honours the inspired work of such virtuosos as Jaco Pastorius. Loaded with black & white and 100 stunning colour photos.

£18.95




Bunny Brunel's Xtreme Bass - Ideas & Exercises To Unlock Your Creativity. Bunny Brunel. 128 pages, paperback + MP3 CD, B&W illustrations throughout.

The exercises in this book teach you new scales, new fingerings, new patterns and new ideas – helping you master phrases that seemed impossible on the bass. Bunny's unique approach will get your fingers “thinking” in new ways on the fretboard, and you'll explore different modes and arpeggios in new patterns and positions. As you work through the lessons, you'll find your “finger intelligence” expanding.

£12.95







Bunny Brunel's Power Bass: Soloing Secrets

Explore New Modes, Scales & Chords · Expand Your Improv Palette

Author: Bunny Brunel

Created specifically for bass players, this book takes you inside Bunny Brunel's innovative system for solo improvisation. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience performing and teaching, Brunel presents his methods for understanding modes, scales, chords, harmony and substitutions, and shows you how to apply these concepts to blues and jazz soloing. Includes transcriptions of Brunel's mind-blowing solos, and his performance of the solos and examples on CD.


“Bunny explains in a clear way the essence of improvisation. Any student will gain invaluable knowledge reading and practising with this book.” – Stanley Clarke


£12.95


Brave New Bass - Interviews & Lessons With The Innovators, Trendsetters And Visionaries. 288 pages, paperback, 30 B&W photos.

Brave New Bass offers an in-depth look at 30 visionary players in styles ranging from pop and rock to world music and experimental jazz. Each chapter includes revealing interviews by Chris Jisi and other top bass writers, as well as private lessons in standard notation and tablature, and up-to-date gear lists and discographies. Packed with insights and opinions from bassdom's standout stars and behind-the-scenes heroes, Brave New Bass deepens your knowledge of your instrument and its history. Covers bass players such as Marcus Miller, Flea, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Les Claypool, Christian McBride, Doug Wimbish, Darryl Jones, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Jonathan Maron and many others!

£16.95



Bass Grooves - Develop Your Groove & Play Like The Pros In Any Style. 112 pages, paperback + CD, B&W photos, charts throughout. This invaluable guide and accompanying CD give bass players both the musical background and training needed to get on with their grooving. With lessons guided by a metronome and presented in various musical styles and rhythmic applications, bassists increase their ability to internalise rhythm. The book also breaks down classic styles and grooves from rock, blues, R&B, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and other traditions. Each example includes a notated version of the drum part and details how to program it into a drum machine.

£12.95




 

The Bass Book

Revised and expanded edition of every bass player's favourite book.

Since it was first published in 1995, the best-selling Bass Book has become the standard text for anyone searching for a complete history of bass guitars. In this revised and expanded edition, it offers a complete illustrated history of bass guitars, from Fender's first electric model in the 1950s through all the major models of the next 50 years that formed the foundation for modern music. The book features original interviews with bass makers past and present, dozens of unusual, specially commissioned colour photos, and a reference section that provides critical information on every major manufacturer.

£16.95




American Basses -  An Illustrated History & Players Guide. 224 pages, 375 colour pages.

The first comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars, American Basses offers a wealth of well-researched information about all of the important builders, from one-man shops to the biggest manufacturers. Hundreds of full colour photos illustrate the wide range of instruments available, and special insider essays take you step by step through the bass making process, from concept and design to final set up. Includes how-to tips from top builders and designers on topics such as: neck and bridge set up; active vs. passive pickups; bolt-on vs. neck-through design; tone wood characteristics; defeating hum and buzz; string angle and tone; and more.


“What a book! I feel much closer to my bass guitar after having read American Basses.” – Will Lee, Bass Player for The Late Show with David Letterman

£19.95


The Fretless Bass

Who would have thought the electric bass guitar with its frets removed would transcend the rhythm section to become one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in all of music? From the jazz genius of Jaco Pastorius and the funk/punk abandon of Les Claypool, to the landmark rock of Jack Bruce and Sting, the instrument has a lyrical legacy all its own. This book collects the very best interviews, lessons, and gear and maintenance guides into one smooth-reading compilation. With insight from over 25 masters, including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones, The Fretless Bass will give you a keen appreciation for the important innovators, as well as plenty of tools to find your own voice on the instrument.

£11.95



Jaco

A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionised electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands through his international stardom with fusion group Weather Report and on to his solo career and tragic death at age 35, this book portrays the life and music of Jaco Pastorius, the self-proclaimed “world's greatest bass player.” This special anniversary edition features new interviews with Jaco's childhood friends, prominent bass players of Jaco's era and afterward, and girlfriend Teresa Nagell, who was with Jaco in the last few years of his life. Some incidents from the first edition have been further researched and expanded to become full chapters. Exclusive to this edition, the CD features newly revealed music tracks from Jaco's early years along with spoken testimonials from Jaco's friends and colleagues. The book also contains new, never-before-seen photos acquired from the Pastorius estate.

£14.95


Bass Heroes

From the publisher of Electric Bass Guitar comes Bass Heroes – interviews with 30 of the world's greatest bass players. It's a collection of interviews spanning the past 25 years, adapted from Guitar Player magazine. The interviews here feature some of the best players who ever lived, regardless of stylistic leanings. Divided into rock, jazz, studio and pop, and blues and funk, all the greats are included...from Monk and Montgomery to Paul McCartney to James Jamerson and John Patitucci. This book also features private lessons with luminaries such as Billy Sheehan. These select musicians come alive in their own words as they discuss topics ranging from early musical influences to unique playing and recording techniques and their favourite basses and amps. 8-1/2″ X 11″. 208 pages. 30 photos.

£12.95


The Bass Player Book

This is the right-hand man for players who live and breathe bass, or for beginners who want an all-in-one guide to the instrument that “shakes the low end” of rock, pop, jazz and more. This handbook details the ins and outs of buying basses and equipment; provides set-up and electronics tips; and explores unique characteristics of landmark bass models. Chapters on technique cover bass basics, theory, fretless playing, acoustic bass, the essentials of various music styles, recording, gigging, and more. Seminal interviews with great bassists include Jeff Berlin, Stanley Clarke, John Pattitucci, Bill Wyman, and many others. 44 pages, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

£16.95




The Bass Handbook - A Complete Guide For Mastering The Bass Guitar. 256 pages, spiral + CD, 60 colour , 75 B&W photos.

This indispensable handbook helps players of all levels produce better, more creative, and more varied bass lines. Divided into two sections – Playing Your Bass and Knowing Your Bass – it covers everything from tuning, reading music, scales and chords, and advanced techniques to tips on buying and upgrading a budget bass and troubleshooting. Along with a list of suggested listening and a reference guide, this book provides an unrivalled digest of bass information that might otherwise take an entire career to amass.

£17.95

 

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