Bass Guitar For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 21, 2020 - Music - 416 pages

Way more than just the bass-ics . . .

Whatever you’re playing—funk, soul, rock, blues, country—the bass is the heart of the band. Bassists provide a crucial part of the driving force and funky framework that other members of any band work off. From John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, to The Pixies’ Kim Deal, to James Brown’s favored bassist, Jimmy Nolan, bass players have made big names for themselves and commanded respect throughout music history.

In Bass Guitar For Dummies, Patrick Pfeiffer—who coached U2’s Adam Clayton, among others—is your friendly guide to laying down the low end. Starting from the beginning with what bass and accessories to buy, the book shows you everything from how to hold and position your instrument to how to read music and understand chords. You’ll develop your skills step-by-step until you’re confident playing your own solos and fills.

  • Sharpen skills with instructional audio and video
  • Discipline your play with exercises
  • Understand chords, scales, and octaves
  • Care for your instrument

Whether you’re new to the bass or already well into the groove, Bass Guitar For Dummies gives you the thorough balance of theory and practice that distinguishes the titanic Hall of Famer from the just so-so.

 

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Contents

GETTING STARTED WITH THE BASS GUITAR 7
9
Getting Started with the Bass Guitar 7
16
Warming Up Getting Your Hands in Shape to Play
57
The Bassics of Playing
69
THE BASSICS OF PLAYING
71
Understanding Major and Minor Structures
93
Making the Moves Creating the Grooves
127
Creating the Groove
129
Playing in Odd Meters Not Strange Just Not the Norm
253
Groovin in a Genre Its All About Style
269
Knowing How to Fit In
279
Eight Degrees of Separation The Beatles Solution
285
Buying and Caring for Your Bass
305
Getting the Right Gear for Your Bass Guitar
317
Changing the Strings on Your Bass Guitar
327
Maintenance and Light Repair
337

Going Solo Playing Solos and Fills
167
Using the Correct Accompaniment
183
USING THE CORRECT
186
Swing It Playing Styles That Rely on the Triplet Feel
203
Making It Funky Playing Hardcore Bass Grooves
221
Sampling International Flavors Bass Styles from
237
The Part of Tens
349
Ten Great Rhythm Sections Bassists and Drummers
355
Audio Tracks and Video Clips
361
Index
375
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About the author (2020)

Patrick Pfeiffer is a professional bassist, bass educator, and composer. His former clients include Polygram, Red Ant Records, Arista Records, and other major labels as well as Adam Clayton of U2. He has recorded with George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Norman of the Coasters, Paul Griffin and Bernard Purdie of Steely Dan, and many other stars.

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