Rock Bass Lines

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 80
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-01432-3
  • SKU: 50449478
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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Rock Bass

Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.

Professional Bass Certificate Program

Don’t just play bass; command your instrument with confidence in rock, R&B, jazz, and/or funk settings. Whether you’re inspired by Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Geddy Lee, or any number of other great bassists, the commonality between them is their mastery of the performance skills and concepts taught in this program, including time, harmony, tonality, timbre, taste, scales, groove, and compositional techniques like tritones, pedal points, and double stops. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have gained skills to handle any gig that comes your way as a professional bassist.

Learn the art of creating a solid rock bass groove.

Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned bass player, this workshop will help you learn many of the bass lines and styles found in your favorite rock tunes, and inspire you to experiment with your own creations.

Features include:

  • Lessons covering eight different rock styles
  • Play-along CD so you can listen and jam
  • Solid rock riffs and lines you’ll use in these grooves and beyond
  • Exercises to help you develop your own rock bass lines
  • Strategies for locking in with the drummer, and making your line groove
  • Tips for reading chord symbols
  • Tablature and traditional notation
  • Suggested listening of select recordings by master rock bassists

Each lesson in Rock Bass Lines contains several practice exercises, a rock song using the exercises, and play-along tracks on the accompanying CD. Also included in each lesson is a section for you to write out your own bass grooves.

Groove with attitude and confidence. Take your bass playing to the next level with Rock Bass Lines.

“I was suffering from a case of bass book burnout until I checked out Rock Bass Lines. Right away I found stuff that I wanted to pick up and learn. This book is packed solid with accessible examples of all the feels and licks that bass players need for the new multi-style millennium. The book and CD are laid out so it’s easy to find and access that particular feel you’ve been looking for. Also, if you’ve been spending too much time above the twelfth fret, take a look at this stuff and get back down to grooveland! You’ll never want to leave!”

—Tom Hamilton, Bassist, Aerosmith

“A helpful guide covering analytical as well as intuitive practice. A well thought out book that will improve important aspects of one’s bass playing when combined with steady practice.”

—John Myung, Bassist, Dream Theater


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