Bass Guitar For Dummies
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.
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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GETTING STARTED WITH THE BASS GUITAR 7
Getting Started with the Bass Guitar 7
Warming Up Getting Your Hands in Shape to Play
The Bassics of Playing
THE BASSICS OF PLAYING
Understanding Major and Minor Structures
Making the Moves Creating the Grooves
Creating the Groove
Playing in Odd Meters Not Strange Just Not the Norm
Groovin in a Genre Its All About Style
Knowing How to Fit In
Eight Degrees of Separation The Beatles Solution
Buying and Caring for Your Bass
Getting the Right Gear for Your Bass Guitar
Changing the Strings on Your Bass Guitar
Maintenance and Light Repair
Going Solo Playing Solos and Fills
Using the Correct Accompaniment
USING THE CORRECT
Swing It Playing Styles That Rely on the Triplet Feel
Making It Funky Playing Hardcore Bass Grooves
Sampling International Flavors Bass Styles from