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Bass Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-74874-9
408 pages
February 2014
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Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with the Bass Guitar 7

Chapter 1: The Very Basics of Bass 9

Chapter 2: Gaining the Tools and Skills to Play 21

Chapter 3: Warming Up: Getting Your Hands in Shape to Play 57

Part II: The Bass-ics of Playing 67

Chapter 4: Reading, ’Riting, and Rhythm 69

Chapter 5: Understanding Major and Minor Structures 91

Part III: Making the Moves, Creating the Grooves 127

Chapter 6: Creating the Groove 129

Chapter 7: Going Solo: Playing Solos and Fills 167

Part IV: Using the Correct Accompaniment for Each Genre 183

Chapter 8: Rock On! Getting Down with the Rock Styles 185

Chapter 9: Swing It! Playing Styles That Rely on the Triplet Feel 203

Chapter 10: Making It Funky: Playing Hardcore Bass Grooves 221

Chapter 11: Sampling International Flavors: Bass Styles from Around the World 237

Chapter 12: Playing in Odd Meters: Not Strange, Just Not the Norm 255

Chapter 13: Groovin’ in a Genre: It’s All About Style! 271

Chapter 14: Eight Degrees of Separation: The Beatles’ Solution 287

Part V: Buying and Caring for Your Bass 307

Chapter 15: Love of a Lifetime or One-Night Stand? Buying the Right Bass 309

Chapter 16: Getting the Right Gear for Your Bass Guitar 319

Chapter 17: Changing the Strings on Your Bass Guitar 329

Chapter 18: Keeping Your Bass in Shape: Maintenance and Light Repair 339

Part VI: The Part of Tens 351

Chapter 19: Ten Innovative Bassists You Should Know 353

Chapter 20: Ten Great Rhythm Sections (Bassists and Drummers) 357

Appendix: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 363

Index 377

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