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New Bass Tapping Book by Jean Baudin

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Acclaimed solo bassist Jean Baudin today announced the release of “The Mechanics of Tapping” – an instructional guide on two-handed bass tapping. Baudin, one of the world’s most recognizable bass players as a pioneer of the extended range bass, is known for his unique, dark, melodic compositions using his two-handed tapping method. Baudin first received worldwide acclaim in the ‘90s as the founding member and creator of Nuclear Rabbit and later Element of Surprise. He has more recently garnered attention for his debut solo CD released in 2008, “Solace.” From teaching bass lessons and leading clinics all over the world, Baudin has documented his tapping techniques and exercises in this 58-page manual.

“The two-handed tapping method is powerful for bassists who want to add a new dimension to their bass playing,” Baudin said. “Over the years, I have taught lessons and led master classes and clinics to help bass players learn my unique method of two-handed tapping. This book walks players through the technique and provides exercises to help them develop the skills to create and play two-handed tapping parts to create more dynamic bass parts and compositions.”

The new handbook, which also includes exercises to build finger stamina, makes Baudin’s tapping master-class techniques accessible to anyone who downloads the book.

“With this book Jean has created an excellent resource for mastering the tapping technique. His well-constructed methodology takes you from basic to complex tapping patterns with a personal style that’s both informative and entertaining. I recommend it for anyone who’s looking to expand their musical horizons.” – Michael Manring

“I was lucky enough to have one-on-one lessons with Jean and it has taken my bass playing to a whole new level!” said Brandon Smart, a student from Fresno, California. “My finger strength and stamina increased 100 percent with the exercises he has taught me, and now I can tap very tricky arpeggios and tunes with ease. No matter what style of music you play, Jean can open your eyes to new ways of playing it.”

“Attending Jean’s Master class on tapping in Paris was a major boost for me both technically and personally,” said Glen Clodore, a student from New Castle, Great Britain. “Jean’s didactic approach, his drive and passion were an incredible recipe for success; No one in the room wanted this master class to end! I particularly appreciated the fact that Jean managed to spend some time with each one of us, giving personalized advice and tips and sharing his valuable experience when we were practicing the different exercises. The material covered was cleverly selected and prepared so that regardless of our initial knowledge of tapping each of us could quickly use the concepts and technique in our own playing, I still use the provided booklet for reference. Strongly recommended!”

About Jean Baudin
Jean Baudin has performed solo bass shows and taught at clinics across the US and in Europe, including some alongside bass legends Stu Hamm and Michael Manring. Primarily self-taught, Baudin began playing the bass in 1985 and later received bass lessons from virtuoso guitarist Marty Friedman (solo artist, guitarist for MegaDeth) and Jason Becker (solo artist, member of David Lee Roth Band). Baudin first received worldwide acclaim in the ’90s as the founding member and creator of the underground California band Nuclear Rabbit and later Element of Surprise. Baudin also gained recognition for pioneering use of extended-range basses, basses with frequencies extending beyond the typical 4- or 5- string range. Baudin moved to a 6-string in 1996, a 9-string in 1999, and an 11-string in 2004. Baudin created a two-handed tapping style that fully utilizes this full range of low, deep bass notes, as well as high treble notes – enabling him to play multiple parts at once, similar to how a pianist can play a melody and a harmony or bassline at the same time. Adding pedal effects creates a multi-instrument affect, often dazzling listeners by how only one person is creating so much sound.

Baudin’s solo bass videos on youtube have garnered more than 13 million views. His “Solace” solo bass debut CD is now available in either CD or MP3 Download. The CD fully explores Baudin’s diverse range and skill, including the delicate, clear innocence of “Vanishing,” to the haunting sounds of “Frosty Acres” to the heavy, powerful “Krackatoa.” The solo compositions were recorded by Baudin without overdubbing, so live performances bring these songs to life.

Baudin is endorsed by Conklin guitars, Accugroove speaker cabinets, Ernie Ball, La Bella strings, BOSS effects, Ken Lawrence Instruments, Phil Jones Bass speakers, and Milennia Media.

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

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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, www.drkertz.com. As if that was not enough, he has a wealth of knowledge you can find right here on our website at bassmusicianmagazine.com/author/randallkertz

Get this book… Live long and play bass well into the years! Available on Amazon.com

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

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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 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 Amazon.com and from our friends at Bassline Publishing

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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

365 Days of Practice is available at Amazon.com

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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

Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues is available at Amazon.com

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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.

20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar is available at Amazon.com

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