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Looking to expand your bass playing from the comfort of home? Check out this collection of 51 bass transcription eBooks for inspiration!

  1. ABBA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS This book presents the bass lines from 12 of ABBA’s favorite hits, as played by Rutger Gunnarsson and Mike Watson.
  2. ARETHA FRANKLIN Here are bass lines for 12 favorite hits from the late, great Queen of Soul. These classic lines were laid down by the likes of Tommy Cogbill, Jerry Jemmott and Chuck Rainey.
  3. BEST OF AEROSMITH FOR BASS This book presents Tom Hamilton’s bass lines from 12 of the band’s greatest hits.
  4. BEST OF DIRE STRAITS FOR BASS The wildly popular rock band was formed in London in 1977, and included guitarist Mark Knopfler and bassist John Illsley. Their 1985 album Brothers in Arms was the first to sell a million copies in the brand-new CD format. Here are bass lines for 11 of their big hits.
  5. BEST OF DREAM THEATER FOR BASS Note-for-note transcriptions of John Myung’s epic bass lines from 10 Dream Theater classics.
  6. BEST OF ELTON JOHN FOR BASS This book presents the bass lines from 12 of Elton John’s greatest hits, as played by Dee Murray and others.
  7. BEST OF ELVIS FOR BASS Elvis Presley was a seminal figure in the formation of rock music as we know it. He was accompanied by a selection of bass players that helped to forge his path from the rock n’ roll of the 50’s to the Las Vegas era of the 70’s. Each song in the book is transcribed out fully as it was played on the original recording.
  8. BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC FOR BASS This book presents the bass lines from 11 of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits, as played by John McVie.
  9. BEST OF NATHAN EAST FOR BASS  With such a wealth of material to choose from, selecting Nathan’s best work was not an easy task. Hampson opted for 12 tracks that show adeptness over many styles, including rock, pop, jazz, funk and blues which help to show why Nathan East is one of the most important studio bassists around.
  10. BEST OF PRINCE FOR BASS The late, great Purple King left a legacy of music and performance art. Here are bass lines for 11 of his hit songs.
  11. BEST OF STING BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS He came to fame as a songwriter, lead singer and bass player for The Police 1977-84, then went on to become one of the most popular, best-selling and most awarded rock stars ever (10 Grammies!). Here are his basslines for 12 major hits.
  12. BEST OF SUPERTRAMP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The Brit-rock band Supertramp enjoyed its greatest critical and commercial success in the 1970s and ’80s. A prog-rock group initially, their style evolved toward pop as their fame grew. Here are bass lines for 11 songs, as played by Dougie Thomson, from the height of their stardom.
  13. BEST OF THE EAGLES FOR BASS The Eagles reigned as one of the best and most popular rock bands, true American originals. Here are bass lines for 13 of their familiar hits.
  14. BEST OF VAN HALEN 1978-1984 One of the biggest hard-rock bands ever, Van Halen has been through lots of lineups over the decades. Here are 11 hits from their early-classic period, with bassist Michael Anthony supporting Eddie and Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth.
  15. BILLY JOEL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The Piano Man has given us classic after classic. Here are bass lines for 12 of his most-loved hits.
  16. BOB DYLAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Bob Dylan’s songwriting is legendary, for both his use of lyrics and harmony. This book spans his career from 1965 to 1997, containing note-for-note transcriptions of the bass lines to 11 of his greatest songs.
  17. BOSTON: FIRST ALBUM BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS 5 million albums sold, and it all started here: with Tom Scholz writing, recording, and playing most of the instruments in his basement studio for the band’s debut album, Boston. The group went on to stardom, riding Scholz’s deft blending of hard rock rhythms and complex harmonies. Here are bass line transcriptions for all nine songs on that milestone album of 1976.
  18. BOWIE GREATEST HITS, BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Here are accurately transcribed bass lines for 15 of David Bowie’s best, taken from nine of his albums.
  19. BOZ BURRELL, BAD COMPANY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Raymond “Boz” Burrell (1946-2006) was a vocalist and guitarist but is best
  20. remembered for his bass playing with the band’s King Crimson and Bad Company. These transcriptions capture the blues-rock-inspired bass lines from 12 of Bad Company’s greatest songs. 
  21. BRITPOP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Britpop emerged in the mid-1990s as a lighter, cheerier alternative to the dark influences of grunge. Bands such as Suede, Oasis, The Verve and Blur created a strong movement. Here are bass lines to 13 hit songs.
  22. CHUCK RAINEY SELECTIONS One of the all-time great session bassists, Chuck Rainey provides the solid, rhythmic foundation for hits from Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Roberta Flack and many more. Here are bass lines for 11 songs from a variety of artists.
  23. COLDPLAY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS This book presents the bass lines from 13 of the band’s greatest hits. Most were played by bassist Guy Berryman; a few were played on synth or organ.
  24. FRANK SINATRA BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Ol’ Blue Eyes was one of the 20th century’s most popular singers. He always insisted on recording live with his band. Here are bass lines for 11 of the beloved songs that made him an American icon.
  25. GARTH BROOKS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Here are the bass lines from 12 of the favorite hits from country star Garth Brooks.
  26. GEORGE MICHAEL & WHAM! FOR BASS George Michael, both in the duo WHAM! and as a solo act, was a trend-setter of vast popularity. He left us way too early. Here are bass lines for 13 of his familiar hits.
  27. GREEN DAY: DOOKIE Here are Mike Dirnt’s bass lines for all 14 songs on the band’s breakout album of 1994.
  28. GUNS N’ ROSES: LIVE ERA ’87-’93 Here are bass lines for all 20 songs on this huge double-album compilation of live performances, released in 1999. Guitarist Slash famously noted the album is “not pretty and there are a lot of mistakes, but this is Guns N’ Roses.”
  29. HERBIE HANCOCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS This acclaimed and creative Jazz-Fusion composer and performer has over three dozen studio albums and 14 Grammy Awards to his credit! Here are bass lines to 11 of his greatest songs from 1964 to 2005.
  30. INCUBUS: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Here are bass lines for all 12 songs on the breakout 1997 album of these inventive and tough to classify metal rockers. Dirk Lance played these lines with power.
  31. JAMES BROWN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS  James Brown was, well, James Brown. The Godfather of Soul spent 50 fast-paced years as a singer/songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. He contributed to the development of genres including rap, disco and funk. Here are bass lines for 12 memorable songs.
  32. JAMES JAMERSON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Maybe the most influential bassist ever, James Jamerson was the uncredited session player on nearly all 1960s releases from Motown Records. Here are bass lines for 14 beloved hits from Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and many others.
  33. JIMI HENDRIX: LITTLE WING This transcription for Noel Redding’s bass line includes accurate note-for-note transcription written in standard notation and TAB.
  34. LELAND SKLAR BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Leland Sklar is one of the most recorded bass players ever, most notably with James Taylor, Billy Cobham and Phil Collins. This book contains some of Lee’s personal favorites and has been approved by the man himself!
  35. METALLICA: THE FIRST TEN YEARS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Covers the band’s career from their debut release Kill ‘Em All (1983) through to their best selling album Metallica (1991).
  36. MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE This was the defining album from a towering figure in American jazz. Sixty years after its release, it is still the best-selling jazz album of all time. Over a five-decade career, trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis experimented with styles and created movements. He recorded Kind of Blue in 1959, with bassist Paul Chambers and saxophonist John Coltrane. Though the lines were obviously played on acoustic bass originally, Aidan Hampson has arranged these transcriptions with the electric player in mind.
  37. PAUL SIMON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS This is a really special one. It contains 12 of Paul Simon’s greatest hits, spanning from his early single Mother and Child Reunion through to four tracks from 1986’s Graceland, featuring incredible fretless bass playing from Bakithi Kumalo. Also included are performances from Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin, David Hood, Jackie Jackson, Russell George and Bob Cranshaw. Such amazing playing deserves accurate transcriptions, so Hampson has spent a lot of time detailing every note, technique and overdub.
  38. PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOL. 1 This collection of 10 bass transcriptions/tabs takes a look at some of the fretless bass work of the legendary Pino Palladino, a versatile and in-demand session bass player who has played and recorded with a wide variety of artists. 
  39. QUEEN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Through the ’70s and ’80s, Queen’s power and versatility made them one of the biggest arena acts ever. Here are bass lines as played by John Deacon on 13 of their hits.
  40. STEELY DAN COLLECTION FOR BASS The quirky and inventive American duo brought a hybrid style and sophisticated studio production to the ’60s scene. Here are bass lines for 13 of their hits.
  41. STEVE MILLER BAND GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS These 10 hit songs from the band showcase the bass-playing styles of Lonnie Turner and Gerald Johnson.
  42. STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The hits just keep on coming. Here are 11 more favorites from Stevie Wonder.
  43. STU COOK, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS Here are accurately transcribed bass lines for 15 of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s big hits, as played by bassist Stu Cook.
  44. THE BEATLES: COMPLETE SCORES When we say complete, we mean it. Here are the bass, guitar, drum and vocal parts for every song The Beatles recorded. All 210 of them! In one deluxe hardbound volume with slipcase. Includes all your favorites, as well as many you’ve likely never heard. It’s a truly wondrous collection of historic, creative and fun-to-play music.
  45. THE BLUES BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd Blues Brothers musical-comedy sketches on Saturday Night Live grew into the cult-classic movie, which featured musical numbers by Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and more. Legendary bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn played on the soundtrack and even portrayed himself in the film. Here are his bass lines to 11 great songs from the movie.
  46. THE BOOK OF JACO A BassBooks.com exclusive no true fan of Jaco should be without, this book includes 26 of Jaco’s greatest performances, note for note, from the first note to the last. Written in standard notation only (no TAB). 81 pages. Jaco lives – in this book and on your bass.
  47. U2 BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The distinctive, driving sound of U2 has thrilled audiences the world over. Here are bass lines for 12 of their familiar hits.
  48. 70S FUNK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The 1970s were Funk Heaven, with Isaac Hayes, Kool & the Gang, the Commodores and more. Here are bass lines for 11 of the decade’s funkiest hits. 
  49. 70S SOUL BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS A lot was happening in popular music in the 1970s, and the bass played a huge role in the evolving Soul sound. Here are the bass lines for 12 of the iconic hit songs of the era.
  50. 70S FUNK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The 1970s were Funk Heaven, with Isaac Hayes, Kool & the Gang, the Commodores and more. Here are bass lines for 11 of the decade’s funkiest hits. 
  51. 80S ROCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS The sounds were big and driving, from Springsteen to The Police, Van Halen to Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses to Aerosmith. Here are the bass lines for 16 songs of the times. 

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