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The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music

Stuart Clayton has authored three new books for Bassline Publishing’s Bass Essentials series, aimed at helping bassists master the fundamentals of reading music.

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music includes beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, to allow bassists to choose the ones best suited to their current skill level.

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music

Each book features audio tracks, via downloads from the publisher’s site.

“Having taught in a music school for several years, I have found that students often struggle to work on reading when they don’t have a teacher present” Clayton shared. “The inclusion of the audio files is designed to provide a reference point when working on the material without a teacher there to guide you. In order to keep the cost of our books down, we choose not to produce CD’s with the books, but offer all tracks as a free download from our website. That way, you can’t lose the CD, and the tracks can always be re-downloaded if needed.”

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Beginner Contents:

The Basics, Rhythm, More Pitches, More Rhythms, Octaves, Ties & Dotted Rhythms, Navigation, Time Signatures, Thirds, Accidentals, Key Signatures, Beginner Level Exercise Area

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Intermediate Contents:

Reading Semiquavers (Part 1), Fifths, Dynamics & Articulation, More Key Signatures, Reading Semiquavers (Part 2), Fourths, Compound Time Signatures, Fifths, Reading on Ledger Lines, Intermediate Level Exercise Area

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music – Advanced Contents:

Reading Semiquavers (Part 3), Sevenths, More Key Signatures, Reading on a 5-String Bass, Reading Chords, Odd Time Signatures, Reading Treble Clef, Reading Cut Common Time, Reading Lead Sheets, Advanced Level Exercise Area

All three books are slated to be released as interactive iPad editions later this year, following in the footsteps of the Ultimate Slap Bass series and The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales and Modes.

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