Evan Marien has released the second volume in his series of books on the hexatonic scale. “Minor Hexatonic Scales and Melodic Patterns Vol. 2” builds upon volume one, with exercises crafted to expand your musical vocabulary.
Jazz master Ron Carter has just released a new book called “Chartography – Reinvented Transcriptions”. Described as a completely new innovation, the book includes five of his performances of “Autumn Leaves” with the Miles Davis Quartet.
John Patitucci has worked with the legends. Saying he has a deep well of knowledge on walking bass lines is an understatement. Now he’s sharing that knowledge with a new book simply called “Walking Bass”.
After releasing “Bach Shapes” in January, Jon De Lucia has introduced a new book to put those shapes into to practice. “Bach Shapes: The Etudes” utilizes pieces of Bach’s melodic material in a jazz context over standard chord changes.
Ariane Cap has followed up her smash hit “Music Theory for the Bass Player” with a new instructional book, “The Pattern System for the Bass Player”.
Anthony Jackson’s incredible bass playing is the subject of a new transcription book called “The Artistry of Anthony Jackson”. Written by Andy Robertson, it offers ten detailed transcriptions of the six-string pioneer’s bass lines.
It’s time to get your dance on. Stuart Clayton has just released “The Chic Book”, a transcription book that compiles 18 songs with both bass and guitar parts written out. That means you can learn the parts from both Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.
Danny Ziemann has just released a new instructional book for bassists called “Topics in Jazz Bass Vol. 2: Soloing”, and he’s launching it with a bang. The renowned bass educator will be hosting a free 10-day online retreat all about soloing.
Jon De Lucia has just released the print edition of “Bach Shapes: Diatonic Sequences for Bass”. The 70-page book is full of exercises picked from the Baroque composer’s musical vocabulary.
Bassist and educator Russ Rodgers has just released a new instructional book. “Bass Guitar Lines” is accompanied by online video and audio access, and covers 40 intermediate level bass lines in a variety of techniques, tempos, and styles.
David Gross of The Bass Guitar Channel has released another instructional book for us low-enders. “Ear Training For Bassists, Vol. 1”, which comes in paperback and Kindle versions, is a booster to start hearing and understanding music in real time.
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s nice to have a few ideas to give your loved ones for gifts for their favorite bassist. That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of our favorite bass-centric books that were released this year.