Three Berklee College of Music bass professors have written a new book about playing jazz bass, simply called Berklee Jazz Bass: Acoustic & Electric.
The writers – bass chair emeritus Rich Appleman and bass professors Whit Browne and Bruce Gertz – are longtime faculty members at the Boston college, and between them have mentored artists like Esperanza Spalding, Bryan Beller, Aimee Mann and Stu Hamm.
Their book is for everyone for beginners to those interested in honing established skills. According to the book description, it is designed to “expand your basic technique to create interesting and grooving bass lines and melodically interesting solos.” It also features 166 demonstration tracks and play-alongs, with a complete jazz combo playing bass lines and solos over standard jazz progressions.
Bass great Victor Wooten even says the book is a “masterful ‘must-have’ collection of knowledge.”
The 112-page paperback is available here.