Reading Contemporary Electric Bass

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 112
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-01338-6
  • SKU: 50449770
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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Rich Appleman

Rich Appleman is chair emeritus of the Bass Department at Berklee College of Music. He is responsible for adding the…