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Bass Guitar Basics For Dummies, 2nd Edition : For Dummies - Patrick Pfeiffer

Bass Guitar Basics For Dummies, 2nd Edition

For Dummies

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Updated with the latest bass guitar technology, accessories, and more

The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to the other musicians-you have more important work to do. You can find everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

You'll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kind of bass to pick up and which accessories are necessary and which are just nice to have. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions for getting started, from how to hold and position your bass to reading notation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves to playing solos and fills.

- New coverage of slaps, double stops, de-tuning, and fretless techniques

- New musical exercises as well as updates to charts, illustrations, photos, and resources

- Includes bonus CD with audio clips of all the examples in the book

Whether you're a beginner picking up a bass for the first time or an experienced player looking to improve your skills, Bass Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition is an easy-to-follow reference that gives you just enough music theory to get you going on your way fast!

Author Information: Patrick Pfeiffer is a professional bassist, composer, clinician, and bass instructor in New York City. He has recorded with George Clinton, Jimmy Norman, Phoebe Snow, and many others. His other published books include Improve Your Groove—The Ultimate Guide for Bass and Daily Grooves for Bass. Pfeiffer is co-founder of Bass Remedies, Inc.


Part I: The World According to Bass.

Chapter 1: Bass Bass-ics: What Is the Meaning of Bass?

Chapter 2: Gaining the Tools and Skills to Play.

Chapter 3: Reading, ?Riting, and Rhythm.

Part II: The Bass-ics of Playing.

Chapter 4: Warming Up: Getting Your Hands in Shape to Play.

Chapter 5: Understanding Major and Minor Structures.

Part III: Making the Moves, Creating the Grooves.

Chapter 6: Creating the Groove.

Chapter 7: Going Solo: Playing Solos and Fills.

Part IV: Using the Correct Accompaniment for Each Genre.

Chapter 8: Rock On! Getting Down with the Rock Styles.

Chapter 9: Swing It! Playing Styles That Rely on the Triplet Feel.

Chapter 10: Making It Funky: Playing Hardcore Bass Grooves.

Chapter 11: Sampling International Flavors: Bass Styles from Around the World.

Chapter 12: Playing in Odd Meters: Not Strange, Just Not the Norm.

Chapter 13: Groovin? in a Genre: It?s All About Style!

Part V: Buying and Caring For Your Bass.

Chapter 14: Love of a Lifetime or One-Night Stand? Buying the Right Bass.

Chapter 15: Getting the Right Gear for Your Bass Guitar.

Chapter 16: Changing the Strings on Your Bass Guitar.

Chapter 17: Keeping Your Bass in Shape: Maintenance and Light Repair.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Innovative Bassists You Should Know.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Rhythm Sections (Bassists and Drummers).

ISBN: 9780470539613
ISBN-10: 0470539615
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15th January 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised