The Monthly Lowdown with Bass Books Kevin Smith — December 2015

THE MONTHLY LOWDOWN

BassBooks.com‘s email newsletter for December,
2015.

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click here.

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OWN THE JACO FILM

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY

The great documentary on Jaco Pastorius produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is now out on DVD, and will soon be available on Blu-ray as well.

You can order your own copy of this important work from us as a two-disc set. Click here for information.

Have a look at the film’s official trailer by clicking here.

Jaco was a trascendant talent on the electric bass, and the story of his immmense ability and troubled life is one we should all know. This film tells that story through intimate interviews with family and friends and bandmates. It’s a worthy treatment of its subject.

Order the film now:


JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY — DVD

Pre-order:

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY — Blu-ray

Books about Jaco and his style:

THE BOOK OF JACO

JACO PASTORIUS BASS METHOD

A PORTRAIT OF JACO

JACO: THE EXTRAORDINARY, TRAGIC LIFE

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL JACO TITLES


QUOTE-UNQUOTE

“Play as much as you can, as often as you can, with as many people as you can.”

–Les Claypool, Primus


CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE

BASSBOOKS.COM HOME PAGE

Yes, BassBooks.com has been redesigned, and now sports a cleaner, more modern look. Books are easier to find, and we are especially proud of the more user-friendly single-page checkout.

If you haven’t yet seen the new site, drop in and have a look around. We think you’ll like the changes.

We’d appreciate your feedback on the new site so drop us a note here.


NEW BOOK: POWER WARM-UP FOR THE DOUBLE BASSIST

POWER WARM-UP FOR THE DOUBLE BASSIST

POWER WARM-UP
FOR THE
DOUBLE BASSIST

A good, daily warm-up routine is as valuable for musicians as it is for athletes with benefits beyond simply stretching muscles and getting the fingers, hands and arms nimble.

In POWER WARM-UP, Professor of Music Dr. Bill Scottt presents a practice regimen that works on seven fundamental areas of technique in 15-minute start-the-day exercises. 44 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on
POWER WARM-UP

 


SONGS OF THE SEASON:

CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY MUSIC FOR BASS

ROCKIN' CHRISTMAS FOR 5-STRING BASS

ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS
FOR 5-STRING 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:

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR SOLO BASS

HL BASS PLAY-ALONG: CHRISTMAS HITS

ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS FOR 5-STRING BASS

THE REAL CHRISTMAS BOOK: BASS CLEF EDITION

CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR BASS

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR BASS

 


COVER BAND

These cool titles are making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for
complete details, sample pages, prices and ordering
information.

SLAP IT!

SLAP IT!

ULTIMATE TAPPING BASS GUITAR

ULTIMATE TAPPING
BASS GUITAR

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA

ULTIMATE BASS PLAY-ALONG: JOURNEY

ULTIMATE BASS
PLAY-ALONG:
JOURNEY

BEHIND THE PLAYER: TIM SKOLD

BEHIND THE PLAYER:
TIM SKOLD
-DVD-

STANLEY CLARKE COLLECTION

STANLEY CLARKE
COLLECTION

FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND
ADDITIONS

This month features the following additions to the Free
Stuff
section on BassBooks.com:

ERIC BEAULEwww.playbasslines.com
Bass Transcription of
Jeff Berlin Chord Tone
Blues Solo in E
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaule, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we
carry. It is a cool-sounding and very usable Jeff Berlin solo in E using mostly chord tone.
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZwww.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
Chord Inversions
Player and educator Jaime David Vazquez (www.jaimedavidvazquez.com) shows how to build and
use Chord Iniversions, to add harmonic options to your music.
JOHN FALSTROMwww.EADG4.com
EADG
4: Part 11
The Acoustic Bass
In this video, John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, shares his insights into the “hidden treasure” of a bass guitar with air in it: the acoustic bass.

Click here to see all Free Stuff
available.


OWN THE JACO FILM! BASSBOOKS.COM NEWSLETTER 12/15



THE MONTHLY LOWDOWN
BassBooks.com‘s email newsletter for December,
2015.

To view this newsletter online, on our website,
click here.
To sign up for this free email newsletter, click here.

OWN THE JACO FILM

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY

The great documentary on Jaco Pastorius produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is now out on DVD, and will soon be available on Blu-ray as well.

You can order your own copy of this important work from us as a two-disc set. Click here for information.

Have a look at the film’s official trailer by clicking here.

Jaco was a trascendant talent on the electric bass, and the story of his immmense ability and troubled life is one we should all know. This film tells that story through intimate interviews with family and friends and bandmates. It’s a worthy treatment of its subject.

Order the film now:

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY — DVD

Pre-order:

JACO: THE DOCUMENTARY — Blu-ray

Books about Jaco and his style:
THE BOOK OF JACO
JACO PASTORIUS BASS METHOD
A PORTRAIT OF JACO
JACO: THE EXTRAORDINARY, TRAGIC LIFE

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL JACO TITLES


QUOTE-UNQUOTE

“Play as much as you can, as often as you can, with as many people as you can.”

–Les Claypool, Primus


CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE

BASSBOOKS.COM HOME PAGE

Yes, BassBooks.com has been redesigned, and now sports a cleaner, more modern look. Books are easier to find, and we are especially proud of the more user-friendly single-page checkout.

If you haven’t yet seen the new site, drop in and have a look around. We think you’ll like the changes.

We’d appreciate your feedback on the new site so drop us a note here.


NEW BOOK: POWER WARM-UP FOR THE DOUBLE BASSIST

POWER WARM-UP FOR THE DOUBLE BASSIST
POWER WARM-UP
FOR THE
DOUBLE BASSIST

A good, daily warm-up routine is as valuable for musicians as it is for athletes with benefits beyond simply stretching muscles and getting the fingers, hands and arms nimble.

In POWER WARM-UP, Professor of Music Dr. Bill Scottt presents a practice regimen that works on seven fundamental areas of technique in 15-minute start-the-day exercises. 44 pages.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on
POWER WARM-UP


SONGS OF THE SEASON:
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY MUSIC FOR BASS

ROCKIN' CHRISTMAS FOR 5-STRING BASS
ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS
FOR 5-STRING 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:

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR SOLO BASS

HL BASS PLAY-ALONG: CHRISTMAS HITS

ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS FOR 5-STRING BASS

THE REAL CHRISTMAS BOOK: BASS CLEF EDITION

CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR BASS

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR BASS



COVER BAND
These cool titles are making noise at BassBooks.com. Click on the covers or titles for
complete details, sample pages, prices and ordering
information.

SLAP IT!
SLAP IT!

ULTIMATE TAPPING BASS GUITAR
ULTIMATE TAPPING
BASS GUITAR

BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
BASS
ENCYCLOMEDIA
ULTIMATE BASS PLAY-ALONG: JOURNEY
ULTIMATE BASS
PLAY-ALONG:
JOURNEY

BEHIND THE PLAYER: TIM SKOLD
BEHIND THE PLAYER:
TIME SKOLD
-DVD-
STANLEY CLARKE COLLECTION
STANLEY CLARKE
COLLECTION
FREE STUFF: UPDATES AND
ADDITIONS

This month features the following additions to the Free
Stuff
section on BassBooks.com:

ERIC BEAULEwww.playbasslines.com
Bass Transcription of
Jeff Berlin Chord Tone
Blues Solo in E
This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaule, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we
carry. It is a cool-sounding and very usable Jeff Berlin solo in E using mostly chord tone.
   
JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZwww.jaimedavidvazquez.com
BASS TIPS:
Chord Inversions
Player and educator Jaime David Vazquez (www.jaimedavidvazquez.com) shows how to build and
use Chord Iniversions, to add harmonic options to your music.
   
JOHN FALSTROMwww.EADG4.com
EADG
4: Part 11
The Acoustic Bass
In this video, John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, shares his insights into the “hidden treasure” of a bass guitar with air in it: the acoustic bass.

Click here to see all Free Stuff
available.

Do you have something to contribute? Please contact us. We are always looking for content to add
and know there are a lot of you talented players and teachers out
there. You get the credit, and you’re helping out others.


THE MONTHLY LOWDOWN WITH BASS BOOKS KEVIN SMITH — NOVEMBER 2015

BassBooks.com‘s email newsletter for November, 2015.

PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT
BENEFITS YOUR BRAIN

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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!

Bass Books to exercise your brain:
BASS ENCYCLOMEDIA
CRACKING THE DETROIT CODE
THE COUCH POTATO BASS WORKOUT
SIGHT READING FOR BASS
EADG 4
FRETBOARD ALCHEMY

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QUOTE-UNQUOTE

“The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player.”

–Mike Gordon, Phish

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OUR OWN JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
IS UP FOR B.I.N. EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

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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.

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NEW BOOK: BASS BONANZA from ULTIMATE GUITAR

HL458

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.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on BASS BONANZA

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NEW BOOK: LOW DOWN–CREATING SUPPORTIVE JAZZ BASS LINES

JA087

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.

Click Here for More Details and Ordering Information on LOW DOWN

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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:

IND046
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS FOR SOLO BASS

HL311

HL BASS PLAY-ALONG: CHRISTMAS HITS

HL159
ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS FOR 5-STRING BASS

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COVER BAND

These cool titles are making noise at BassBooks.com.

BP009

THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BASS BOOK

ME062

THE BIG METRONOME

HL455

100 ROCK LESSONS