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Recording: Book Reviews Including… The Daily Adventures of MIXERMAN, and More



Review by Raul Amador

Everything I have reviewed so far has been pretty well directly Bass related with the exception of the Les Paul Book. So, today I am leaving the beaten path to pursue books that deal with the topic of recording… First and foremost, we have “The Daily Adventures of MIXERMAN!”

One of my friends once told me, ” The way you look at things and speak of them is in a kind of sarcastic, cynically witty manner… I like that in you!”… I could pass on the same compliment to MIXERMAN.

‘”MIXERMAN” is the alias the author used as he kept an online diary of a recording session/project with the band from hell. This book is the hard copy of these daily entries.

All the names were very cleverly changed to protect the innocent starting with the bands name…. “Bitch Slap.” My favorite is his name for the drummer, “Dumb Ass…” I really wish I knew whom he was talking about but I imagine that the risk of litigation precludes this.

If you are easily offended by profanity and a generally low opinion of musicians, then this is not a book you want to read. MIXERMAN describes this particular band as “talentless, petty, generally unlikable imbeciles.” (And I am sure that he does not have this opinion of all bands… otherwise why be in the biz at all?)

Ok….. so I smirk even when I write this down. We all know players like this.

Anyway, once you get past the language and don’t take offense to the digs, this book is really entertaining; I laughed out loud every time I picked it up.

Just under the surface you will also find a lot of sad truths about the biz, specifically:

  • Commercial appeal is more valued than actual talent.
  • Performers shortcomings can be “Fixed” by applying recording technology (off key, off beat etc… no problem).
  • A major label can spend $3.5 million and end up with an unfinished record and only a handful of demos.

This is just a few on the list…. Is this crazy or what?

In summation, I enjoyed this book and you might too, Check it out!

MIXERMAN might have not had the material to write his book if “Bitch Slap” had read any of the following Books…

“The Drum Recording Handbook” by Bobby Owsinski and our very own Dennis Moody. Here you have all the details you need to know to record drums! The instructional DVD makes it even better.

Areas covered include:

  • The Drum Kit
  • The Recording Environment
  • The Drummer’s Headphone Mix
  • Phase Cancellation- The Drum Sound Destroyer
  • Miking the Bass Drum, the Snare, the Hi Hat, the Tom-Toms
  • Overhead Mics, Room Mics, and Alternative techniques
  • Mixing
  • Finally, the Appendix with interviews with renowned drummers including one of my favorites Dave Weckl completes the package.

“Dumb Ass ” really should have read this one before he went in to record!

“How to Make Your Band Sound Great” by Bobby Owsinski would have been a good book for “Bitch Slap” to have read!

This book is a good reference loaded with useful information concerning “Your instrument and Playing” and “How do I make my band sound great?” A 60-minute DVD complements the wealth of knowledge you will find here.

There is just too much here to cover so give it a read if you are taking your Band to the next level!

Next, Lets address “The Studio Musician’s Handbook” by Bobby Owsisski and Paul Ill.

In MIXERMANs’ book, they had to bring in additional musicians to supplement “Bitch Slap”s lack of talent. If this appeals to you as a job then you should read this book!

No, seriously, working as a studio musician is a vital part of many bass players and other musician’s daily routine. This handbook and DVD can help if you want to be successful at this.

You will discover:

  • How to become a studio musician
  • Who hires you and how much do you get paid
  • What kind of musical skills you need and what kind of gear you must have
  • Proper session etiquette
  • How to apply the necessary skills to make any recording session successful

Lets wrap this up by looking at a couple of books that MIXERMAN might like to read and could use as a sound engineer.

“Mixing the Hits of Country” by Dave Martin and “The Desktop Studio” by Emile D. Menasche. The first book focuses on what works for Country music and has an interactive approach where you can work with two DVDs. Lots of fun with mixing!

Many musicians produce recordings with out ever stepping into a studio thanks to home computers and the wealth of software that is currently available.

Emile teaches us about:

  • Optimizing your computer for audio production
  • Recording and editing multitrack audio and MIDI data
  • Understanding computer-based synthesis, sampling and effects
  • Mixing, mastering and CD burning
  • Creating audio for video
  • Preparing audio for the Internet

Well, this was a fun detour away from the usual books I get to enjoy. Hopefully there is something that will be of some benefit to you Bass Musicians…… Have fun!

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Review: The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health



Review: The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

I have often thought that it would be great if the doctors who delivered us as newborn babies provided us with a user manual to help us navigate through life in the best way possible. Now Dr. Randall Kertz, D.C. has produced a manual specifically designed to address the many possible afflictions plaguing us bass players.

Many of you will remember volumes 1 & 2 of this book and our first review in 2007. The new complete guide combines the two volumes and features over 20 pages of new material including interviews, techniques, and conditions.

If you play bass, you can read this book cover to cover and walk away with a ton of relevant and helpful knowledge. Another option is to search out issues relevant to you specifically (I found quite a few of my own with helpful options). This is possible because the book is very nicely organized into six chapters that address Pain, Conditions, Techniques, Road Issues, Inspirational Q&A with some of the biggest names in the bass community (too many to list here) and finally How to get relief.

All said, this book is essential if you play either electric or upright bass to the point where they should issue you one when you get that first bass in your hands.

Lastly,  if you have this book and you have specific questions, Dr. Kertz is readily available through his website, As if that was not enough, he has a wealth of knowledge you can find right here on our website at

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The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health



The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health

The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health is now available!

A compilation of Volumes 1 & 2 of the acclaimed Bassist’s Guide with 20+ pages of new interviews, techniques, and conditions, The Complete Guide puts everything in one convenient place.

Available at and from our friends at Bassline Publishing

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Music Book: 365 Days of Practice



Music Book: 365 Days of Practice
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365 Days of Practice…

365 Days of Practice is a unique guide on how to deepen your practice routine from one of the masters of contemporary jazz! This book is the result of a project by Rick Margitza in which he posted an idea online every day during the year 2020.

The exercises cover a broad spectrum of musical ideas that range from basic bebop language to its transformation into contemporary jazz. See sample pages below.

The lines are often totally unique and will enlarge your melodic pallette considerably!

Includes an extensive introductory chapter outlining Rick’s practice method, learned from Gary Campbell, who was also Michael Brecker’s teacher.

The book also includes access to audio files for each example that Rick created and plays along with. Very helpful for ingraining the sounds of these exercises in your musical memory!

365 Days of Practice can be used by musicians of all levels, on any instrument. 171 pages. Spiral-bound. Don’t miss it!

“Rick Margitza’s 365 Days of Practice is a masterpiece! It lays out the fundamentals in such a clear fashion and adds a little spice to it as well. If you are looking for concepts and music to practice to expand your horizons as well as your vocabulary, this book will be your friend for life. Thank You, Rick!”— Jerry Bergonzi

“His new book: 365 Days of Practice by the great saxophonist Rick Margitza, explains in depth his methodology for expanding one’s Jazz Vocabulary. There are not only 365 audio play-along examples, but also the clearest, most concise and to the point explanation of this daily method of practice, and it’s genesis, that I’ve yet seen. So please avail yourself this unique learning opportunity, and check out this book!”— Randy Brecker

“Rick Margitza is a wonderful saxophonist with a unique sound and approach. He has laid out a year’s worth of daily practice exercises that pinpoint various areas of focus in the art of compositional improvising. This is a fascinating book. I look forward to absorbing the contents!”— Bob Mintzer

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Bass Book: Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues



Bass Book: Walking Bass Line Construction - F Blues
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Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues by Bob Sinicrope

The most helpful beginner’s guide to walking bass lines ever published! A ‘must’ for teachers and students!

Each exercise introduces one new advancement to help you learn how to create your own bass lines. The book progresses step-by-step from simply playing roots, all the way up to complete blues choruses in the style of 18 bass legends – from ‘Pops’ Foster to Ron Carter!

Choose from four different, professionally recorded backing tracks: 1 — piano, drums; 2 — guitar, drums; 3 — B3, drums; 4 — drums only

Exercises include concepts of approach notes, enclosures, passing tones, and forward motion.

Access to detailed explanations of each concept, plus how to practice, playing with spirit, how to deepen your groove and much more!

TAB included for beginning electric bassists. Range limited to high C (1st 5 frets for electric players).

“An amazing book for anyone learning to walk jazz bass lines. A very simple but unique approach!”— Victor Wooten

”Teaches what the bassist needs to do to be musically successful. It is quite thorough and will teach the user to be an excellent bassist/musician/listener.”— Rufus Reid

”Bob Sinicrope presented this unique and effective teaching approach to creating walking bass lines many times at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Workshop. The ideas presented herein will help bassists create their own functional bass lines. I highly recommend this book.”— Lynn Seaton

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20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar



20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar
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20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar by Alvaro M. Gómez A…

If you like salsa and also play the electric bass guitar, then 20 Salsa Basslines is for you. Whether you have no experience in the genre or are a dedicated salsa bassist, there’s a lot to discover here. The content printed in this book will show you in detail what the bassists who contributed to immortalizing the pieces chosen to make up this music material decided at the moment of capturing their performance in the recording studio. Total attention and meticulousness have been put into the creation of these transcriptions, written down with both bassists with formal musical training (standard notation) and bassists who play strictly or mostly by ear (tablature) in mind. Certainly, in general terms the only things that an expert bassist needs to play these pieces while reading a piece of sheet music are the harmonic guide (chords) and the obbligato parts. But the intention here has been to write down with the highest possible accuracy what was left for posterity in the recordings, which, among other things, is a good way to know the style of the scrutinized bassist in-depth and eventually find playing options that may not have been thought of.

If the seasoned bassist may find this book useful to enrich his/her arsenal, the material contained here will undoubtedly constitute one of the main bases for building vocabulary and style as a salsa bassist for anyone who’s just starting to approach this genre, either out of pleasure or curiosity.

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