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How To Play Bass Guitar In 50 Songs Module 2: An 80-20 Device Method Book For Beginners

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How To Play Bass Guitar in 50 Songs is a comprehensive learning method for bass guitar beginners split into 5 modules that encompass key technique development from rhythmic awareness to plucking hand to fretting hand to fretboard mastery and incorporates the 10 most common and foundational devices used in bass lines.

By Paul Wolfe… How To Play Bass Guitar In 50 Songs Module 2: An 80-20 Device Method Book For Beginners.

How To Play Bass Guitar in 50 Songs is a comprehensive learning method for bass guitar beginners split into 5 modules that encompass key technique development from rhythmic awareness to plucking hand to fretting hand to fretboard mastery and incorporates the 10 most common and foundational devices used in bass lines. These foundational techniques and ideas are also taught with practical applications using “practice songs” that are based on the kind of real-world chord progressions you’ll find when you start playing with other musicians.

Here’s some of what’s covered in Module 2:

  • Building plucking hand facility with uptempo quarter note exercises
  • More fretting hand exercises.
  • First two common 8th note rhythms – practicing these to build facility as well as internalize these foundational rhythms.
  • Whole note, half note, quarter note and quarter note with quarter note rest rhythms.
  • Lessons 5 to 9 of Level 1of fretboard mastery.
  • Three more of the first ten “80-20 devices” from the 80-20 Bass Library.
  • Common chord progressions.
  • Internal Clock Exercises – introducing the harmonic metronome and the “drop” series.
  • 10 practice songs based on the kind of chord progressions you’ll find in the real world. These practice songs are ‘graded’ in exactly the way classical piano pieces would be, and are practical applications of previous theory and facility exercises. (8 songs were covered in Module 1 and the remaining 22 songs will be spread over Modules 2 to 5).

Based on where you are on the bass, right now, as you’re reading this, this Module contains the equivalent material to between 10 and 20 face-to-face lessons with a good bass teacher. (Sidebar: good bass teachers are as rare as hen’s teeth.)

Point is…a good bass teacher will charge $75 and up for a 30-minute/45-minute lesson. So even if there were only the equivalent of 5 face to face lessons in this book (so equivalent to $375 in teacher’s fees), you should be able to make a value judgment on this volume as it’s less than half the price of a face to face lesson.

Additionally, there’s an “online” version of the book with the majority of the musical examples filmed and presented at two tempo levels and with picture-in-picture editing so you get close-ups of the fretting hands and plucking hands and don’t need to get distracted by “pretend” bass faces. (Go onto most YouTube bass videos and you’ll quickly see what a ‘pretend’ bass face is). That online version is free: just email/forward me a copy of your Amazon receipt (to paul@how-to-play-bass.com) as soon as you’ve purchased the book and I’ll add you as soon as I see the email and will let you know how to log on to this. 

There are also over 200 MP3 practice tracks to download to help you with the different practice exercises in this volume. You’ll find those on the individual lesson pages in the online version of this volume.

How To Play Bass Guitar In 50 Songs Module 2: An 80-20 Device Method Book For Beginners – available at Amazon.com

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Review: The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

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Review: The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health

I have often thought that it would be great if the doctors who delivered us as newborn babies provided us with a user manual to help us navigate through life in the best way possible. Now Dr. Randall Kertz, D.C. has produced a manual specifically designed to address the many possible afflictions plaguing us bass players.

Many of you will remember volumes 1 & 2 of this book and our first review in 2007. The new complete guide combines the two volumes and features over 20 pages of new material including interviews, techniques, and conditions.

If you play bass, you can read this book cover to cover and walk away with a ton of relevant and helpful knowledge. Another option is to search out issues relevant to you specifically (I found quite a few of my own with helpful options). This is possible because the book is very nicely organized into six chapters that address Pain, Conditions, Techniques, Road Issues, Inspirational Q&A with some of the biggest names in the bass community (too many to list here) and finally How to get relief.

All said, this book is essential if you play either electric or upright bass to the point where they should issue you one when you get that first bass in your hands.

Lastly,  if you have this book and you have specific questions, Dr. Kertz is readily available through his website, www.drkertz.com. As if that was not enough, he has a wealth of knowledge you can find right here on our website at bassmusicianmagazine.com/author/randallkertz

Get this book… Live long and play bass well into the years! Available on Amazon.com

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The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health

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The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health

The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health is now available!

A compilation of Volumes 1 & 2 of the acclaimed Bassist’s Guide with 20+ pages of new interviews, techniques, and conditions, The Complete Guide puts everything in one convenient place.

Available at Amazon.com and from our friends at Bassline Publishing

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Music Book: 365 Days of Practice

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365 Days of Practice…

365 Days of Practice is a unique guide on how to deepen your practice routine from one of the masters of contemporary jazz! This book is the result of a project by Rick Margitza in which he posted an idea online every day during the year 2020.

The exercises cover a broad spectrum of musical ideas that range from basic bebop language to its transformation into contemporary jazz. See sample pages below.

The lines are often totally unique and will enlarge your melodic pallette considerably!

Includes an extensive introductory chapter outlining Rick’s practice method, learned from Gary Campbell, who was also Michael Brecker’s teacher.

The book also includes access to audio files for each example that Rick created and plays along with. Very helpful for ingraining the sounds of these exercises in your musical memory!

365 Days of Practice can be used by musicians of all levels, on any instrument. 171 pages. Spiral-bound. Don’t miss it!

“Rick Margitza’s 365 Days of Practice is a masterpiece! It lays out the fundamentals in such a clear fashion and adds a little spice to it as well. If you are looking for concepts and music to practice to expand your horizons as well as your vocabulary, this book will be your friend for life. Thank You, Rick!”— Jerry Bergonzi

“His new book: 365 Days of Practice by the great saxophonist Rick Margitza, explains in depth his methodology for expanding one’s Jazz Vocabulary. There are not only 365 audio play-along examples, but also the clearest, most concise and to the point explanation of this daily method of practice, and it’s genesis, that I’ve yet seen. So please avail yourself this unique learning opportunity, and check out this book!”— Randy Brecker

“Rick Margitza is a wonderful saxophonist with a unique sound and approach. He has laid out a year’s worth of daily practice exercises that pinpoint various areas of focus in the art of compositional improvising. This is a fascinating book. I look forward to absorbing the contents!”— Bob Mintzer

365 Days of Practice is available at Amazon.com

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Bass Book: Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues

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Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues by Bob Sinicrope

The most helpful beginner’s guide to walking bass lines ever published! A ‘must’ for teachers and students!

Each exercise introduces one new advancement to help you learn how to create your own bass lines. The book progresses step-by-step from simply playing roots, all the way up to complete blues choruses in the style of 18 bass legends – from ‘Pops’ Foster to Ron Carter!

Choose from four different, professionally recorded backing tracks: 1 — piano, drums; 2 — guitar, drums; 3 — B3, drums; 4 — drums only

Exercises include concepts of approach notes, enclosures, passing tones, and forward motion.

Access to detailed explanations of each concept, plus how to practice, playing with spirit, how to deepen your groove and much more!

TAB included for beginning electric bassists. Range limited to high C (1st 5 frets for electric players).

“An amazing book for anyone learning to walk jazz bass lines. A very simple but unique approach!”— Victor Wooten

”Teaches what the bassist needs to do to be musically successful. It is quite thorough and will teach the user to be an excellent bassist/musician/listener.”— Rufus Reid

”Bob Sinicrope presented this unique and effective teaching approach to creating walking bass lines many times at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Workshop. The ideas presented herein will help bassists create their own functional bass lines. I highly recommend this book.”— Lynn Seaton

Walking Bass Line Construction – F Blues is available at Amazon.com

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20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar

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20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar by Alvaro M. Gómez A…

If you like salsa and also play the electric bass guitar, then 20 Salsa Basslines is for you. Whether you have no experience in the genre or are a dedicated salsa bassist, there’s a lot to discover here. The content printed in this book will show you in detail what the bassists who contributed to immortalizing the pieces chosen to make up this music material decided at the moment of capturing their performance in the recording studio. Total attention and meticulousness have been put into the creation of these transcriptions, written down with both bassists with formal musical training (standard notation) and bassists who play strictly or mostly by ear (tablature) in mind. Certainly, in general terms the only things that an expert bassist needs to play these pieces while reading a piece of sheet music are the harmonic guide (chords) and the obbligato parts. But the intention here has been to write down with the highest possible accuracy what was left for posterity in the recordings, which, among other things, is a good way to know the style of the scrutinized bassist in-depth and eventually find playing options that may not have been thought of.

If the seasoned bassist may find this book useful to enrich his/her arsenal, the material contained here will undoubtedly constitute one of the main bases for building vocabulary and style as a salsa bassist for anyone who’s just starting to approach this genre, either out of pleasure or curiosity.

20 Salsa Basslines for Electric Bass Guitar is available at Amazon.com

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