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Janek Gwizdala Publishes “Jazz Vocabulary for Electric Bass: ii-V-I”

Janek Gwizdala Publishes “Jazz Vocabulary for Electric Bass: ii-V-I”

Janek Gwizdala has published a new instructional book for bassists looking to expand their ability to speak on the instrument. "Jazz Vocabulary for Electric Bass: ii-V-I" is designed to build your technique and train your ear while learning the language of jazz.

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Updated Edition of “Rock Bass 101” Available Now

Updated Edition of “Rock Bass 101” Available Now

Ed Friedland’s instructional book Rock Bass 101 has been updated for 2018 by publisher Hal Leonard. The 50-page book covers essential bass lines, techniques, theory, and grooves for the working bassist. It includes full-length songs that are available for download or streaming via Hal Leonard’s website. Specific topics include tips on playing position and posture, warm-up exercises, essential scales, and...

Andrew Gouché Releases Book of 20 Groove Lessons

Andrew Gouché Releases Book of 20 Groove Lessons

Andrew Gouché’s online “Grooves From The Soul” bass lesson series is now available in a book format. The Andrew Gouché Bass Method compiles 20 grooves ranging from ’90s R&B to a Sade-inspired jam in standard music notation plus tab. Just as important as the physical book is the access it gives to online content including full speed and half-speed video...

Hal Leonard Publishes “Jazz Bass” Method Book

Hal Leonard Publishes “Jazz Bass” Method Book

Hal Leonard has published a new book for acoustic and electric jazz bassists. Jazz Bass by Matthew Rybicki covers everything you need to know to start learning jazz bass. Lessons in the book include walking basics, chords and scales, blues, rhythm changes, string raking, soloing, chord substitution, and more. The 138-page book is complete with standard music notation plus tab...

Sharay Reed Releases “Be There: A Book of Bass”

Sharay Reed Releases “Be There: A Book of Bass”

Bassist Sharay Reed has self-published a new book called Be There: A Book of Bass. Available in PDF and audiobook formats, the book contains insight into the Chicago-based musician’s style and thoughts on music. “It’s taken me 30 years to learn it and 3 years to write it, but it’s finished and it’s got Bass,” Reed shared on Instagram. “This...

Danny Ziemann Publishes “Topics in Jazz Bass Vol 1: Harmony”

Danny Ziemann Publishes “Topics in Jazz Bass Vol 1: Harmony”

Bassist and jazz educator Danny Ziemann has released a new instructional book called Topics in Jazz Bass Vol 1: Harmony. The 200-page book includes nearly 100 audio examples of its lessons in creating richer bass lines. “Bassists are on a mission to create hip bass lines, but don’t always have the right tools to do it,” Ziemann writes. “Topics in...

John Benítez Releases Vol. 2 of Bass Method Books

John Benítez Releases Vol. 2 of Bass Method Books

Latin jazz bassist John Benítez has expanded his line of bass method instructional books with a second book. The John Benitez Bass Method, Vol. 2: El Sonero del Barrio – A Creative Approach to Salsa expands on book one’s rhythmic aspects by focusing on specific playing contexts from his recording career. “Vol. 2 concentrates on Benítez’s incredibly innovative approach to...

Hal Leonard Publishes Music Theory for Bass Players

Hal Leonard Publishes Music Theory for Bass Players

If you’re looking for a new book to bone up on your music theory, Hal Leonard has published a new book on the subject dedicated to bassists. Music Theory for Bass Players is a 160-page book aimed at helping you get the most out of your playing. Written by Steve Gorenberg, it has chapters starting with the musical alphabet and...

Pablo Elorza Publishes New Instructional Book, Patterns

Pablo Elorza Publishes New Instructional Book, Patterns

We have shared some great lessons and videos by Pablo Elorza on No Treble in the past. Now he’s released a new instructional book called Patterns that explains how small motifs can expand your vocabulary. “A pattern is a small melodic idea that can be repeated, developed and adapted to any musical situation,” he writes. “Patterns seeks to explore the...

Phell and Kalbach Release “Killer Walking Bass” Book

Phell and Kalbach Release “Killer Walking Bass” Book

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your walking bass lines, Teymur Phell and Jim Kalbach have you covered with their new book Killer Walking Bass. Aimed at the advanced jazz bassist, the authors wrote a collection of melodic walking lines to play with guidance on creating your own as well. “Unlike other books on jazz bass, the authors...