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Bass Guitar For Dummies

Pfeiffer, Patrick


3. Edition September 2020
416 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-69557-8
John Wiley & Sons

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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.

Foreword xv

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with the Bass Guitar 7

Chapter 1: The Very Basics of Bass 9

Chapter 2: Gaining the Tools and Skills to Play 21

Chapter 3: Warming Up: Getting Your Hands in Shape to Play 57

Part 2: The Bass-ics of Playing 69

Chapter 4: Reading, 'Riting, and Rhythm 71

Chapter 5: Understanding Major and Minor Structures 93

Part 3: Making the Moves, Creating the Grooves 127

Chapter 6: Creating the Groove 129

Chapter 7: Going Solo: Playing Solos and Fills 167

Part 4: Using the Correct Accompaniment for Each Genre 183

Chapter 8: Rock On! Getting Down with the Rock Styles 185

Chapter 9: Swing It! Playing Styles That Rely on the Triplet Feel 203

Chapter 10: Making It Funky: Playing Hardcore Bass Grooves 221

Chapter 11: Sampling International Flavors: Bass Styles from Around the World 237

Chapter 12: Playing in Odd Meters: Not Strange, Just Not the Norm 253

Chapter 13: Groovin' in a Genre: It's All About Style! 269

Chapter 14: Eight Degrees of Separation: The Beatles' Solution 285

Part 5: Buying and Caring for Your Bass 305

Chapter 15: Love of a Lifetime or One-Night Stand? Buying the Right Bass 307

Chapter 16: Getting the Right Gear for Your Bass Guitar 317

Chapter 17: Changing the Strings on Your Bass Guitar 327

Chapter 18: Keeping Your Bass in Shape: Maintenance and Light Repair 337

Part 6: The Part of Tens 349

Chapter 19: Ten Innovative Bassists You Should Know 351

Chapter 20: Ten Great Rhythm Sections (Bassists and Drummers) 355

Appendix: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 361

Index 375
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.