Bestselling bass-player author Jon Liebman has added another masterpiece to his list of ever-popular books and resources for bass players.
Rock Bass, originally published in 1998 by Hal Leonard Corp., traces the history of rock & roll through each decade, from the ‘50s to the present day. Liebman recounts many of the significant events that took place in society and culture through the years and how music in general – and rock & roll in particular – responded. Using this social and cultural landscape as a backdrop for his thorough collection of carefully crafted bass lines, Liebman packs a wide variety of rock bass styles in this book, running the gamut across the evolution of rock.
“Rock Bass is an anchor for players who want to get the lowdown on the styles of Entwistle, McCartney, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Flea and more,” says Jeff Schroedl, Vice President, Popular & Standard Publications, at Hal Leonard. “The grooves, bass lines, and concepts have stood the test of time,” Schroedl continues, “and the second edition brings the publication up to date with examples and info on players from today’s scene.”
The 130 musical selections in Rock Bass will have wannabe rock bassists grooving and soloing in a wide variety of rock styles. What’s more, every single groove and solo in Rock Bass is recorded on the accompanying CD, with Liebman demonstrating each bass line, along with guitar and drums. As in all of Jon’s books, the bass is panned to one side, with the rest of the band on the other, enabling the utmost in flexibility for optimum practicing. With this configuration, the bass can be isolated, blended with the band or completely muted.
Rock Bass includes a most extensive discography for recommended listening, covering each decade of rock & roll. The list includes everyone from rock’s early days (Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly) to the British invasion (Beatles, Rolling Stones), mainstream rock (Chicago, Fleetwood Mac), thrash metal (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and much more. In nearly every case, the primary bassist of each band is cited, as well. The new edition also includes a section called “The 2000s and beyond…,” adding Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Fall Out Boy, Godsmack, Stone Sour and many others to the ever-growing list of influential rock acts.
Another bonus in Rock Bass is the appendix on equipment and effects. Here Liebman provides a seemingly exhaustive overview of basses, strings, amps, speakers and effects, with a plethora of manufacturers, all in plain, easy-to-understand everyday English. This portion of the book has been thoroughly updated since the original version, as well.
“Of all the books I’ve written, Rock Bass has always been one of my favorites,” says Liebman. “I’m very grateful to the people at Hal Leonard for letting me completely revise and update it. As much as I liked the first edition, the new one is even better!”
Others share Liebman’s opinion, too. In a new foreword, written especially for this edition, Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Steve Vai) says, “Jon Liebman’s wonderful book and accompanying CD, Rock Bass, is an essential tool for any bassist looking to expand their horizons as a player, or to reinforce all that they may already know into a more solid foundation.” Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) calls Rock Bass “a must-have for bassists of every generation and genre” and Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton says, “I wish I’d had this book when I was starting out!” Rock Bass is also heartily endorsed by Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Mike Watt (Iggy & the Stooges), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob).