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The fun and easy way to tune up your technique and improve your playing
The bass guitar is used in almost every single genre of music — from rock to classical, jazz to funk. Regardless of your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides the tips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability. Whether you're a beginner player or looking to stretch your playing skills, this is the book for you!
Know your scales — play scales straight up and down and combine them with chord arpeggios and even with grooves
The right rhythm for the right style — accumulate a good basic repertoire of genre-specific grooves so that you sound like an expert
Hear how it's done — listen to tracks of the author playing many of the exercises
Develop muscle memory — play arpeggios, rhythms, grooves, and melodies, and establish the wherewithal to apply them to different styles
Real-life applications — see how the exercises are applied in real and famous songs
Open the book and find:
Tips for correct hand and body posture
Instruction on fingering options and hand positions
Exercises for tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics
Hints for developing a complete practice session
Ways the exercises can be applied to great music
Methods for getting comfortable with scales
Workouts for stronger playing
Master scales, chords, and arpeggios through 300 bass guitar exercises
Grasp finger and hand position
Refine tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics
Play along with the accompanying CD
Audio CD Includes
Over 90 musical tracks of many of the book's exercises for you to listen and play along
Learn to play bass guitar quickly and easily with this guide and bonus interactive CD!
The bass guitar is utilized in almost every single genre of music-rock, classical, jazz, metal, funk, and country just to name a few. Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies provides bassists an opportunity to dabble with all these styles and more. Regardless of your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides the tips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability.
- Features a wide variety of over 300 exercises and technique-building practice opportunities tailored to bass guitar
- From classic blues bass rhythms to funk, rock, and reggae bass patterns, players of all styles benefit from the exercises and chords presented
- Shows you proper hand and body posture and fingering and hand positions
- Each lesson concludes with a music piece for you to try
- The audio CD includes practice pieces that accompany the exercises and drills presented in each section
- Helps you build your strength, endurance, and dexterity when playing bass
Whether you're a beginner bass player or you're looking to stretch your playing skills, Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies is the book for you!
CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
About the Author
Patrick Pfeiffer has recorded with George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Norman (Coasters), Paul Griffin (Steely Dan), Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), and Mike Kissel's KMA All-Stars, to name a few.
Table of Contents
Part I: Preparing to Practice.
Chapter 1: Reviewing Practice Fundamentals.
Chapter 2: Warming Up Your Right and Left Hands.
Part II: Scales (Modes) and Chords.
Chapter 3: Playing Scales (Modes).
Chapter 4: Playing Mode Sequences.
Chapter 5: Working with Arpeggios.
Chapter 6: Combining Seventh Chords.
Part III: Rhythm and the Groove.
Chapter 7: Building the Groove Skeleton.
Chapter 8: Accessing the Groove Apex.
Chapter 9: Setting Up with the Groove Tail.
Chapter 10: Combining Rhythms.
Part IV: Turning Exercises into Music.
Chapter 11: Feeling the Eighth-Note Groove.
Chapter 12: Working the Sixteenth-Note Groove.
Chapter 13: Trippin' on Triplets.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 14: Ten Essential Elements of a Great Practice Session.
Chapter 15: Ten Famous Tunes That Incorporate the Exercises in This Book.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: How to Use the CD.
Appendix B: Extended Range Basses and Practice Goals.