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Ok, since I'm out of school for the whole summer WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO I've decided I'm going to buy some bass lesson book so I can get some extra learning in besides my lessons. I'm probably gonna end up getting whatever my teacher suggests but I'd like your suggestions too. So please help a fella bassist out.
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I'm a member of the Idle Poor class during the summers as well, so here's what I'm using for a little heavy summer reading:


  • The Working Bassist's Tool Kit; Ed Friedland, © 2000, 96 pages + CD
  • Serious Electric Bass; Joel di Bartolo, Aaron Stang (ed.), © 1997, 279 pages
  • The Bass Player Book; Karl Coryat (ed.), © 1999, 223 pages
  • Bass for Beginners, The Complete Guide; Glenn Letsch, © 2000, 78 pages + CD

These are all really different, but all great in their own ways.

C.V.: Snowboarder (1983-), Bass Owner (1996-), Chemistry Teacher (1997-) & Serious Bass Student (2003-)
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If you should happen to find yourself feeling bogged down by all the excercises and pieces you're looking at, take a break and check out Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within by Kenny Werner.


More of a philosophical read, a bit preachy at times, but after going through it you'll feel like you've freed your mind.

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I'll have to second "The Bass Player Book," a great compendium of articles originally published in the magazine. Nothing in depth, but the book touches on virtually everything a person needs to know.


In fact, I'll bet if a librarian sat as an expert on this board, they could answer 95% of all questions asked using this one book alone.


I'll also second "Effortless Mastery," a book I've mentioned a time or two myself. Really great stuff there.


We talked about books several times... Here\'s a link to a good discussion.

"Let's raise the level of this conversation" -- Jeremy Cohen, in the Picasso Thread.


Still spendin' that political capital far faster than I can earn it...stretched way out on a limb here and looking for a better interest rate.

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Simandl New Method for Double Bass vol. 1

Carol Kaye Electric Bass Lines 1,2,3,4,5,6

Ed Friedland Building Walking Bass Lines

Ray Brown Bass Method

Standing in the Shadows of Motwon

J.S. Bach Six Suites for Cello Solo

Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums by Lincoln Goines and Robby Ameen

The True Cuban Bass by Carlos Del Puerto

Modern Reading Text in 4/4 by Louis Bellson

Modern Walking Bass Technique by Mike Richmond

Basslines by Joe Hubbard

Chord Studies for Electric Bass by Phil Wilson and Joseph Viola

Slap It by Tony Oppenheim


That should keep you busy for the next 10 years. :wave:

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It's according what field or level your looking to work with but here's a list to look at to choose from.


ED Friedland: bass improvision w/cd

jazz bass w/cd


Josquin Des Pres: slap bass essentials w/cd

simplified sight reading for bass.


Bunny Brunel: expanding walking bass lines

bass essentials w/cd

bass technique w/cd

pocket modes for bass with audio cd


Hope these can help you out.

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I'll definetly look around for some of these books after this week (since it's my bro's high school graduation).


I feel stupid for not giving info on what I want to learn and stuff so I'll post some info even though it's a lil late.


I'm trying very hard to vary my my learning so that I don't fix too much on one bassist. That's why I'm trying to stay away from too much Flea stuff (which I for the most part love!) so that I'm not a Flea disciple as my bass teacher coined it. I want to work on my overall technique, and I want to learn some theory stuff (Jeremy's posts -or I think it's Jeremy who does the lesson posts...- are too confusing for a newbie like me to understand). I'm pretty open to stuff as long as it's easy to understand and is good for my noggin. Sorry if the info is a little vague, but I'm really not too sure what I'm doing these days. Thankfully, I've started learning some bass lines from my bro's old Guitarworld mags (even though it doesn't help me too much). So I'm progressing, but I want to make the most of my summer.

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