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Michael Kraft’s “Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer

Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer

Michael Kraft’s “Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer

Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer” demystifies the often misunderstood and overlooked extended technique for electric bass. It begins by introducing the student to the Harmonic Series and follows by mapping out and notating the all obtainable harmonics. The harmonics are then reduced into three main positions, with ample scales and chords presented in each position. The book concludes with 14 Etudes that put the theory into practice. Throughout the book, the bassist is confronted with material that he/she is already familiar with, thereby accelerating the learning process. The composer can use the book as a reference on what to avoid, what to approach with caution, and what to use without constraint.

Author, bassist, composer and educator Michael Kraft holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from the Swiss Jazz School, a Master’s in Jazz Performance from the
State University of Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany and a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University. Notable teachers included
Gerry Hemingway, Django Bates, Frank Sikora, Klaus König, Heiri Känzig and Dr. Edward Rainbow.

His 2007 debut CD for the Neuklang record label featured Grammy-nominated pianist
Dana Landry and Argentinean drummer Daniel Messina. His big band compositions have been recorded by the Lucerne School of Music in Switzerland. Upcoming projects include: Michael Kraft’s Aural Canvas: “de Jong’s Universe,” featuring tone-poems for large jazz ensemble written to the paintings of Guy de Jong, “Odd Times” for jazz quartet, and a three-volume method book entitled “Odd Meters for the Improvising Musician.”

“Harmonics for the Bass Guitarist & Contemporary Composer” is available in the US through Amazon, Createspace and other retail outlets, in the UK through, and in Europe through

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