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  • Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published

    Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published

    Transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has turned his talents to to the work of prolific singer/songwriter Paul Simon. His latest book, The Best of Paul Simon for Bass, features bass lines created by some of the greatest: Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin and Bakithi Kumalo on fretless bass. The book includes 12 songs: Mother and Child Reunion Me... »

  • Aidan Hampson Transcribes Oasis and Elton John Bass Lines

    Aidan Hampson Transcribes Oasis and Elton John Bass Lines

    Aidan Hampson has turned his bass transcribing ability to the works of Elton John and Oasis in two new downloadable books from Guitar Music Publishing. The majority of the songs covered “Best of Elton John for Bass” had bass lines originally played by Dee Murray, while the bass parts in the Oasis book were originally... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Book on Scales Over Chords

    Hal Leonard Releases Book on Scales Over Chords

    Hal Leonard Corp. has published the “Bassist’s Guide to Scales Over Chords: The Foundation of Effective Bass Lines.” The book looks at how to apply scales in a musical way, which is essential knowledge for those learning how to create and improvise bass lines and solos. The book, which covers 11 scales and features 136... »

  • Bernhard Lackner Releases Three New Bass Instruction Books

    Bernhard Lackner Releases Three New Bass Instruction Books

    Austrian bassist/composer Bernhard Lackner just released a series of three bass play-along e-books. Lackner, is a player and educator who has worked with Mino Cinelu, Adam Holzman, Marco Minnemann, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Adam Nitti, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Derico Watson, Chester Thompson, Pete Lockett. The books cover basic tunes (“Start Grooving”), increase in difficulty... »

  • New Book Offers Jaco “Ultimate Bass Lesson”

    New Book Offers Jaco “Ultimate Bass Lesson”

    Bass instructor and author Jon Liebman’s latest book teaches you how to play like one of the greats. In “Play Like Jaco Pastorius: The Ultimate Bass Lesson” Liebman examines and analyzes everything from Jaco’s technique and equipment to his licks and his “stylistic DNA,” according to one book description. Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who produced... »

  • Cream Bass Play-Along Book Released

    Cream Bass Play-Along Book Released

    You can learn to play bass lines created by one of rock’s best-ever bassists, the late Jack Bruce, with the help of a new play-along book. Hal Leonard Corp. has published “Cream – Bass Play-Along Vol. 52” includes tab and companion audio to help you learn some of the power trio’s most well-known songs: “Badge,”... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Play-Along Book Published

    Jaco Pastorius Play-Along Book Published

    Jaco Pastorius revolutionized bass playing over the course of a tragically short life, which has been depicted in the acclaimed documentary, “JACO,” produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Now, some of Jaco’s most famous bass lines (from his solo work, tenure in Weather Report, and on songs by Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock) are part... »

  • Aidan Hampson Transcribes Prince, MJ, and Aerosmith for Bass

    Aidan Hampson Transcribes Prince, MJ, and Aerosmith for Bass

    Top bass transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has another bunch of downloadable transcription books available — Michael Jackson: Bad, Best of Prince and Best of Aerosmith for Bass. Hampson notes that the Bad transcriptions complete his Quincy Jones trilogy. “There are some fantastic basslines here from the likes of Nathan East and Greg Phillinganes. This is the... »

  • Learn More About Playing Like Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr in New Book

    Learn More About Playing Like Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr in New Book

    Hal Leonard’s book, Royal Blood for Guitar and Bass with Tab, provides an insight into how Mike Kerr, bassist/vocalist for the bass/drum duo Royal Blood, creates his sound. His bass setup allows him to use his bass to emulate two guitars, as well as carry its own sound. “Through careful arranging of the riffs and... »

  • Gaelen McCormick Releases New Book on Double Bass Spiccato Bowing

    Gaelen McCormick Releases New Book on Double Bass Spiccato Bowing

    Arco aficionado Gaelen McCormick has expanded series of instructional books for the double bass with Mastering the Bow, Part 2: Spiccato. The book dives into the intricacies of spiccato strokes with elaborate definitions and examples. It’s designed to systematically build your technique with a variety of exercises and etudes, including those from the methods of... »