The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Beginner Level: Bass Essentials Series (Bass Guitar Essentials Series by Stuart Clayton)
The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Beginner Level is the first in a series of three books that will teach you everything you need to know in order to be able to successfully read music on the bass guitar.
Unlock the Secrets of Reading Music
Starting with the absolute basics, this book introduces all of the fundamental elements of music notation one at a time, reinforcing all concepts with written and audio examples. Rhythms and pitches are introduced gradually, with all chapters containing ten exercises focusing on each new element. More complex aspects of notation such as time signatures, key signatures, and navigation are also introduced to a basic level. The final part of the book contains ten ‘real world’ play-along tracks recorded with a full band.
The book contains the following chapters:
- Chapter 1 – The Basics
- Chapter 2 – Rhythm
- Chapter 3 – More Pitches
- Chapter 4 – More Rhythms
- Chapter 5 – Octaves
- Chapter 6 – Ties & Dotted Rhythms
- Chapter 7 – Navigation
- Chapter 8 – Time Signatures
- Chapter 9 – Thirds
- Chapter 10 – Accidentals
- Chapter 11 – Key Signatures
- Exercise Area
As you learn to read, you will often wonder if you’re playing the exercises correctly, particularly if you don’t have a teacher with you. Fortunately, all of the exercises in this book are available as downloadable audio files, so that you can be sure you’re playing the lines in the right way!
There are over 100 exercises in this book, and you can download the audio files free of charge from the publisher’s website – there are instructions in the book for this. The final ten exercises were recorded with a full band and are available in two formats: WITH bass (so you can hear EXACTLY how it should sound), and WITHOUT bass, so you have a backing track to play along with.
The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Beginner Level is available at Amazon.com