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  • First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    Larry Graham, as you know, is one of those bass players who can easily take the title of THE MAN. And a new book can teach you how to play the bass lines he created with Sly and the Family Stone. , from Hal Leonard, is the first book to transcribe Graham’s iconic lines on... »

  • Grammy Nominee Shares Pro Advice in Book on Playing Upright Bass

    Grammy Nominee Shares Pro Advice in Book on Playing Upright Bass

    Andy McKee, a jazz bassist nominated for two Grammys for his work with the Mingus Big Band, has authored a book to help others improve their playing. is designed for bassists of all skill levels, offering insight on a wide swath of topics, from improvising, soloing and practicing to instrument care, performance, and right-and-left-hand technique.... »

  • Book Turns Bird’s Sax Solos Into Bass Lines

    Book Turns Bird’s Sax Solos Into Bass Lines

    Are you a lover of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s iconic jazz sax solos and yearn to play them on your bass? Then, you need to check out this book — . The 96-page book from Hal Leonard Corp. offers instruction on how to play some of Parker’s most well-known solos. Just take a look at the... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth: Bass Play-Along

    Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth: Bass Play-Along

    Have you always loved Dave Ellefson’s bass work in Megadeth and the metal band’s bass sound in general? If you want to replicate it yourself, check out the new from Hal Leonard. The 64-page book features a CD containing all the songs covered in the book, as well as backing tracks. You can also change... »

  • Simon Goulding Releases “Bass Workshop” Instructional Book

    Simon Goulding Releases “Bass Workshop” Instructional Book

    Fusion jazz bassist Simon Goulding has published a new instructional book. Bass Workshop features over 100 pages of instruction and exercises as well as a glossary of scales, clavé patterns, chart geography, and a section entitled “Using Music to Develop Technique.” “In Bass Workshop I simply offer the facts of music and the essential skills... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Updated and Expanded “Bass Handbook”

    Hal Leonard Releases Updated and Expanded “Bass Handbook”

    Originally published in 2006, Adrian Ashton’s has been updated and expanded in a new edition published by Hal Leonard. Featuring a forward by John Paul Jones, the 272-page book presents not only a history of the electric bass and information on how to buy a bass and all associated equipment, but also all the basics... »

  • Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

    Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

    If you’re looking to beef up on your sight reading, listen up. Scale the Summit bassist Mark Michell has just published his second instructional book entitled Sightreading 101 for Bass, Reading Standard Notation, Vol. 1. Michell was motivated to write the book after having to learn to read music notation and seeing the gaps in... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases “Best Bass Lines Ever” Bass Play-Along Volume

    Hal Leonard Releases “Best Bass Lines Ever” Bass Play-Along Volume

    Hal Leonard has extended their “Bass Play-Along” series with the release of . As with all books in the Bass Play-Along series, Best Bass Lines Ever features tab, song audio and backing tracks. The paperback edition comes with access to download/streaming audio to help you along. Transcriptions include Rush’s “YYZ”, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Muse’s... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases “Paul McCartney: Bass Play-Along Volume 43″

    Hal Leonard Releases “Paul McCartney: Bass Play-Along Volume 43″

    A new book features just about everything you need to play bass just like Paul McCartney on some of his most well-known songs. includes standard notation, the tab and a CD revealing how the bass should sound as well as the backing tracks to play along with. The melody and lyrics are also included for... »

  • Hal Leonard Publishes “Essential Bass Guitar Techniques…”

    Hal Leonard Publishes “Essential Bass Guitar Techniques…”

    Don’t keep faking your way through songs. Learn how those great players created the sounds you love. Usually, it’s all about a technique — like Flea’s slapping, or Jaco Pastorius’ finger-style and harmonics. A new book aims to provide you with need-to-know techniques. is a 74-page book that’s accompanied by library of 86 audio tracks... »