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Thank you Ed Friedland


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Evening ladies and gents and a Merry christmas and happy new year to you all.

 

I know he posts here every now and again but i would very much like to thank Mr Ed Friedland. For christmas i recived the DVD Slap:Bass the ultimate guide. Ive watched it several times in the last two days and its already improving my slap technique (which i was getting very upset with).

 

So thank you Ed and if you want to sent me the Carvin you're playing in the DVD feel free :D

 

Much Love :thu:

Dave

"I am just an instrument cos the lord is playing this funk"-T.M Stevens
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Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I must have missed this thread. Thanks so much, I'm glad you guys are digging the slap video. I tried to do something different with it and I guess it's working!

 

I have a new DVD coming out this winter, it's a beginner thing that corresponds to book 1 of the Hal Leonard Method. It's probably too basic for most of the folks here, it's really for brand new players. I like the way it came out though, I wrote a script this time and used a teleprompter. The slap thing, while planned out was all spoken right off the top of my head. It's cool, but there's a lot of uhms.. and ahs... This time, the talking flowed better. Anyway... more DVDs are in discussion, I'd like to do one for jazz upright technique. I'm talking with my friends at HL about it. So, maybe I'll get to do some more this year.

 

My Blues Bass method was just sent in, and I think it's really cool. I've spent years in the blues scene, and I have a deep love for the genre. I tried to make this book a real practical hands-on thing, teaching the most important aspects of playing the style, including some full length, must-know classic arrangements of tunes like Hideaway, Tore Down, Sweet Home Chicago, Pride & Joy, Hoochie Coochie Man, and more. I used live drums this time and played all the guitar too. Little known fact that I was actually a semi-competent blues guitarist before I became an over-achiever jazz bass player type. It was a blast to play guitar, my Line 6 Variax was indispensible in getting all the different sounds. Look for it this spring.

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Ed, what's the fastest way I can get your beginner's DVD? I've been working with the Hal Leonard Bass Method book one that you authored and have been making more progress with learning notes on the neck, reading and rhythm than ever before. The DVD sounds great and I'm anxious to check it out.

 

Thanks!

John

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John,

I know they plan on bringing it out at NAMM, I'm not sure when it's going to ship to stores, but I'd check out www.musicdispatch.com they'll have it first, it's the HL online site. Thanks for your interest. I hope you do well with book 1, and hope you check out 2 & 3, there's some cool stuff in the later books.

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more DVDs are in discussion, I'd like to do one for jazz upright technique. I'm talking with my friends at HL about it.
Hopefully it'll come out just in time for me getting an EUB! That'd be essential viewing for any upright player, Mr Ed!

 

Congrats to you - it's great to see you getting the recognition you deserve for your teaching materials. In a market flooded with substandard nonsense, your Books and DVDs stand head and shoulders about just about everything else out there.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at NAMM,

 

Happy New Year

 

Steve

www.stevelawson.net

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My daughter is working her way through the combined version (books 1-3) of Ed's Hal Leonard beginner's method. She loves it. She says that the little ditties on the accompanying CDs that Ed wrote and played throughout the book are alot of fun to play with. I'm very impressed; during the few times that she has asked me for assistance

I've noticed a very methodical (using the best sense of this term), sequential, & logical presentation. If I ever teach privately again, this will be the basis of my curriculum. I believe that this is a more fun "Simandl" of the electric bass. Ed, if you don't write anything else, you can rest assured that your beginner's method has made a very valuable contribution.

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Cool! I'm glad to hear she's having fun with it. I put a lot of thought into the sequencing of the material, and it was fun coming up with the tunes. I put some real odd ball stuff in to mix it up too. Anyway, it's good to hear from people that are using the method, user feedback is the only way you ever know if you got it right.

 

Thanks,

Ed

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Ed,

 

I looked at the Music Dispatch website and sent them an email asking about purchasing the DVD. I thought it might be useful to others here to post the reply:

 

"Thank you for your email. We do not yet have a release date for the DVD however, you can pre-order by calling (800)637-2852."

 

I did call there and they took my information and will ship the DVD as soon as it is available. $19.95 plus $4.50 shipping and handling.

 

As I said before, I agree with the recent comments about the Bass Method Book. Playing along with the tracks on the CD has been my first chance to play with music other than the metronome, drum machine, or my instructor. My instructor, by the way, likes it as well. There have been some places where he has said, "I wish he wrote more about *why* such and such is the case", but overall he's been impressed with both the book and my progress. Then again, he has also said that filling in those "why's" is the reason to work a book like yours along with an instructor....

 

Thanks again!

John

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John,

Well, your teacher is correct - the reason there's not a lot of "why" in the method is it's intended to leave room for individual instructors to explain things. This was a bit of a change in strategy for me, but that is how uncle Hal wanted it done. Although I wrote, designed and formatted the method, it is still The Hal Leonard Electric Bass Method. I had to follow some very specific directions concerning the style and structure. It was a real learning experience for me, and I think as a result, my work is "tighter" now. (Or "toight" if I was Goldmember...)

 

I never before had to write a book with so little actual text, and... it was hard. I, like most bass players, tend to talk too much! I philosophise and wax eloquent, ponder my navel, and yadda-yadda. This method really has none of that, it's very to the point. Hmm... that's a good thing... I think...

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