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Diminished Triad Shapes by Josh Needleman

Getting Around the Bass by Josh NeedlemanDiminished Triad Shapes, an excerpt from Getting Around The Bass –

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Getting Around the Bass by Josh Needleman is a practical 155 page, bass-centric guide to creating functional and creative basslines from the various chord symbols you will encounter as a bassist. Through the extensive use of graphs explained in five different ways, the bass neck is revealed! You will learn hands on techniques and applied music theory that will directly help you with tone production, note location, and playing from chord symbols. Discover the direct application of triads, scales, modes, intervals, blues in all keys, jazz walking basslines, vamping, bassline construction, and bass soling. This book will go a long way towards preparing you for real life playing situations. Written in standard notation and TAB. 155 pages.

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  1. Anonymous Coward

    June 2, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Looked at the PDF page – there is no instruction whatsoever, just a couple chord diagrams and some music notation. The idea of teaching includes not only depiction but a kind of walk-through that discusses what is depicted, and that is sorely missing here. The suggested fingerings for the chord diagrams make no physical sense to me.

  2. Josh Needleman

    Josh Needleman

    June 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Hey Now,

    The two fingering graphs for diminished triads are the two most practical that we have on the neck as you don’t need to move at all to play them over four frets. The notation layout of the diminished triads through the cycle of 4ths is designed to be able to play all of them in 1st position without needing to move at all.. Also, the book has a lot of verbiage, but the excerpt does not, though I feel it is a very complete lesson. Take your time and look it over again. I’m sure it will make sense if you give it some time. Sincerely, Josh Needleman

  3. Kirk Dickinson

    June 14, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I didn’t write the first post, but was also confused like he was. It was difficult at first to see the shape because you drew the strings vertically, which isn’t the standard way we usually see them. Strings are usually horizontal with the frets being vertical.

  4. Josh Needleman

    Josh Needleman

    June 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Kirk,

    Thank you for taking the time and care to understand the lesson. I choose to write out graphs with the strings vertically like chord charts for guitar. It just seems more natural to me.. and reflects the bass as it sits on a stand, or as an upright is laid out, with pitches increasing as we move “up” the neck. The book has a very clear and easy to understand notation legend at the beginning that is free to view on my site, or in the “look inside” feature on Amazon. Many many people are benefiting from the book… and I am really glad! That said, and excerpt is just that.. a small sample that by nature will be out of context in a work that mostly progresses linearly..

    Thanks for the feedback.. Again, I am glad you “get it” now after a little care and patience..

    “Bass” Regards,


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