BassBooks.com‘s email newsletter for November, 2015.
PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT
BENEFITS YOUR BRAIN
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, research shows how that activity becomes a total brain workout.
In this short TED Ed video lesson, Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and notes the long-term positive effects.
Playing an instrument engages almost all major areas of the brain at once. It combines the mathematical precision of the brain’s left hemisphere with the creative aspects of the right. Both brain halves manage fine motor skills. All this results in a pronounced strengthening of the connections and communication between the two brain hemispheres.
Playing is incredibly good for you!
“The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.”
–Mike Gordon, Phish
OUR OWN JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
IS UP FOR B.I.N. EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Join us in congratulating Jaime David Vazquez on his nomination for Educator of the Year by the Berklee International Network (B.I.N.).
The Network is a multi-faceted worldwide outreach program from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with the stated purpose of “identifying and attracting extraordinary musicianship and musical ideas to Berklee.”
Jaime is an accomplished and innovative performer and instructor, and contributes regular free lessons to BassBooks.com.
NEW BOOK: BASS BONANZA from ULTIMATE GUITAR
Here’s a heavyweight compilation of 50 all-time-great rock songs any bassist will want to know.
The accurate, note-for-note transcriptions include melody (with guitar chords and lyrics) and the bass line (in both standard notation and TAB). Includes Another One Bites the Dust, The Boys Are Back in Town, Brick House, Carry on Wayward Son, Come Together and many more. 352 pages.
NEW BOOK: LOW DOWN–CREATING SUPPORTIVE JAZZ BASS LINES
Author Danny Ziemann says: This is a comprehensive jazz bass method book representing my philosophy of bass line construction, from beginning to advanced levels of understanding.
After being frustrated by a lack of books with strong pedagogical insight on this topic, I took it upon myself to write a method that I believe accomplishes teaching the basics of sound production, layout development, and walking line construction.
The word “how” is the driving force of the pedagogy in this method. Through numerous examples, explanations, and supplemental recordings, I hope to provide the insight for the reader to understand how I make decisions and apply the same thinking to their own playing. 68 pages. Audio files (in MP3 format) are included with this title, as a download from the author’s website.
SONGS OF THE SEASON:
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY MUSIC FOR BASS
Time to start thinking about ladling out some hot cider and gathering the family around the amp. Nothing like some holiday-season music to spread good cheer.
Here are appropriate music books to get you ready:
These cool titles are making noise at BassBooks.com.