Hal Leonard has released an exclusive, one-of-a-kind book about Donald “Duck” Dunn, the legendary bassist for the famous Stax-Volt studios in Memphis, and one of the most influential bass players in the history of American music.
Duck’s life and music are presented in full detail, complete with an introduction by Dan Aykroyd, rare photos, stories, gear info, and authentic, and note-for-note transcriptions of nearly 60 iconic bass lines. In addition, the book includes online access to over an hour of audio demonstrations and play-alongs, featuring sound-alike tracks with guest appearances by Duck’s son Jeff Dunn and Will Lee using Duck’s actual bass. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. The split-channel tracks separate the bass part so you can either isolate the bass to study it solo, or remove it to play lead with the backing tracks.
Written by bassist and researcher Nick Rosaci, with help from Duck’s family, friends, and music compatriots, the book presents a piece of history that documents not only the triumphs and tragedies of Duck’s amazing life, but also uncovers the magic behind the “soul fingers” that plucked a thousand timeless grooves.
Donald “Duck” Dunn (1941-2012) laid down the booty-shaking foundations to countless soul, R&B, blues, and rock recordings throughout the 1960s and ’70s, providing the essential grooves for generations of listeners. Duck worked with some of the biggest artists, musicians, and songwriters of the day, including Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and many more. And later, as a member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s riotous Blues Brothers, Duck helped revitalize these genres via his epic bass lines and role in the hit movie. But his unparalleled 50-year career was just getting started. He went on to record and perform with the likes of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, CSNY, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, until his passing in 2012.