Jazz and Blues Bass Lines
Bass lines are one of the most important aspects of music.
Understanding how to play and build them is crucial for any instrumentalist not just bassists. Jazz and Blues Bass lines will show you all the info you need to get started. So if you want to:
- Learn some simple bass lines to get your through a Blues or Jazz gig?
- Learn the building blocks of making great bass lines not just learn a bunch of notes by memory where you have no idea what you playing?
- Hear the bass lines you are learning played by a great bass player so you can hear what they sound like?
- Learn to read music on the bass to expand your gigging possibilities?
- Practice your bass clef reading?
- Develop bass line skills so you can accompany another instrument?
If these are the things you are looking for then this book is exactly right for you. This book is a high potency method for a bass guitarist or any instrumentalist who is seeking develop interesting and intriguing bass lines.
Learn one of the main secrets of playing great bass lines.
There are many possible ways to construct jazz bass lines. This book explores one of those possible ways in depth. The method is built upon the use of chord tones, approach notes and basic re-harmonization techniques.
Three forms common to the jazz idiom are used to explore this method; the Blues, Minor Blues and Rhythm Changes. A detailed explanation of the components of building a bass line note by note is included as well as an explanation of the theory behind basic re-harmonization.
This book also contains a section on the proper scale to use for each chord, with all chord types including available tensions and avoid notes. With that information you can start building your own bass lines.
Have questions before buying or as you work through the book you can always ask the author Bruce Arnold to help you and make suggestions.
Play along with audio recordings to get the right feel.
The book includes 36 audio files played by the renowned bassist Steve Lucas. He plays each progression at a moderate tempo. All charts are written in standard notation (no TAB) so it will get you ready for your first studio session or hone your skills to capture any gig where reading is involved.
Here is an example of the Ab Blues MP3
These bassline MP3s are also very useful if you put them into any audio program that can loop an audio file. i.e. Garageband etc… You can then use them as a jam track to work on playing chords or soloing over the bassline.
- Additional Information:
- Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-778-8
- Physical Edition IBSN: 978-1-890944-15-5
- 58 pages: Physical version of this book contains a CD. Digital Version of this book includes MP3 audio files.
- What people are saying:
- From working through these progressions as a bassist I feel I’m understand the building blocks of bass lines and have developed a confidence to go on a blues or jazz standard gig and not feel like I’m going to make a fool out of myself. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the building blocks of bass lines and needs some practice to raise their skill level … K. Franks
- I’m a guitarist but needed to brush up on my bass line ability for playing duet gigs. This book was great because it gave me the knowledge of 3 different types of chord progressions that I commonly play in my duet group. It has also helped my bass clef reading which seems to creep up from time to time in rehearsals …. M. Johnson
- Mr. Arnold recommended this book for me because I wanted some exercises to help break out of position playing and get a more linear approach to the bass neck. Single String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume One is perfect for that. I just spend 10 minutes a day reading through one page. It took me about 3 months to get through the book but I really feel like I know my scales much better up and down the neck. Mr. Arnold recommended not looking at the fretboard but I found this VERY hard to do. Still, I know that when I look at the fretboard, I risk losing my place in the music. That’s something I don’t want to do when I’m playing in an ensemble. So that’s my next hill to climb. Gonna start the book over again with NO looking at the fretboard! F. Rushefski.
- I play bass and guitar so this book really helped me in a bunch of ways. It obviously helped me understand bass lines and how to re-harmonize chord progressions to get a hipper sound but I also spent a lot of time just improvising over the audio tracks. It’s like having an in-house bass player to jam with everyday. Highly recommended …. B. Ryan
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- Best to contact Mr. Arnold at email address at bottom of page to discuss best material to work on after Jazz and Blues Bass Lines.