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Author Pfeiffer, Patrick

Title Bass guitar for dummies / by Patrick Pfeiffer ; foreword by Will Lee
Edition 2nd ed
Published Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 342 pages) : illustrations
Series --For dummies
--For dummies.
Contents Foreword -- Introduction -- About this book -- Conventions used in this book -- What you're not to read -- Foolish assumptions -- How this book is organized -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- pt. I. The world according to bass -- 1. Bass bass-ics : what is the meaning of bass? -- Discovering the differences between the bass and its high-strung cousins -- Understanding the bass player's function in a band -- Dissecting the anatomy of a bass guitar -- On a need-to-know "basses" : gearing up to play bass -- Playing grooves, solos, and fills -- Experimenting with different musical genres -- Stocking up on some bass gear -- Giving your bass some good old TLC -- 2. Gaining the tools and skills to play -- Getting a handle on your bass -- Holding your bass -- Placing your hands in the proper position -- Reading a fingerboard diagram -- Tuning your bass guitar -- Playing a song with your bass guitar -- 3. Reading, 'riting, and rhythm -- Reading notation : no pain, much gain -- Finding any note in any octave -- Using the metronome : you know, that tick-tock thing -- Dividing music into phrases, measures, and beats -- Discovering how to read music -- Playing your first song while reading music
pt. II. The bass-ics of playing -- 4. Warming up : getting your hands in shape to play -- Understanding the sound your bass makes -- Performing right-hand warm-ups -- Coordinating your left hand with your right hand -- 5. Understanding major and minor structures -- Building major and minor scales -- Building chords : one note at a time, please -- Spicing up your sound : the seven main modes (scales) -- Using chromatic tones : all the other notes -- Bringing a groove to life with dead notes (weird but true) -- Sampling accompaniments
pt. III. Making the moves, creating the grooves -- 6. Creating the groove -- Anatomy of a groove : putting together the necessary elements -- Creating your own groove -- Grooving with a drummer -- Jammin' with other musicians -- 7. Going solo : playing solos and fills -- Soloing : your moment to shine -- Creating fills without any help from your dentist
pt. IV. Using the correct accompaniment for each genre -- 8. Rock on! Getting down with the rock styles -- Rock 'n' roll : the good old standby -- Hard rock : going at it fast and furious -- Pop rock : supporting the vocals -- Blues rock : feeling a bit more organized -- Country rock : where vocals are king, and you take a back seat -- One rock fits all : applying a standard rock groove to any rock song -- 9. Swing it! Playing styles that rely on the triplet feel -- Swing : grooving up-tempo with attitude -- Jazz : going for a walk -- Blues shuffle : taking an organized walk -- Funk shuffle : combining funk, blues, and jazz -- 10. Making it funky : playing hardcore bass grooves -- R & B : movin' to some rhythm and blues -- The Motown sound : grooving with the music of the Funk Brothers -- Fusion : blending two styles into one -- Funk : sounding heavy and deep -- Hip-hop : featuring heavy funk with heavy attitude -- Knowing what to do when you just want to funkifize a tune -- 11. Sampling international flavors : bass styles from around the world -- Bossa nova : baskin' in a Brazilian beat -- Afro-Cuban : ordering up some salsa (hold the chips, please) -- Reggae : relaxing with offbeat "riddims" -- Soca : blending American and Calypso party sounds -- Combining reggae and rock : the distinct sound of ska -- South African : experimenting with exotic downbeat grooves -- Music without borders : grooving to the world beat -- 12. Playing in odd meters : not strange, just not the norm -- An odd-meter oldie but goodie : the waltz -- Beyond the waltz : navigating beats in odd meter -- 13. Groovin' in a genre : it's all about style! -- Playing grooves in each genre : one simple song many genres strong -- To blend or not to blend : knowing how to fit in
pt. V. Buying and caring for your bass -- 14. Love of a lifetime or one-night stand? Buying the right bass -- Assessing your needs before you buy -- Needs are one thin ... budget is quite another -- A trip to the bass-mint : where to shop for your bass guitar -- When money is no object : getting a custom-made bass -- 15. Getting the right gear for your bass guitar -- Making yourself heard : a primer on amplifiers and speakers -- Needs, wants, and nonessentials : rounding out your equipment -- 16. Changing the strings on your bass guitar -- Knowing when it's time to say goodbye -- Off with the old : removing bass strings -- On with the new : restringing your bass -- Ensuring a long life for your strings -- 17. Keeping your bass in shape : maintenance and light repair -- Cleaning your bass, part by part -- Making minor repairs to your bass -- Adjusting the bass guitar -- Assembling a cleaning and repair tool bag -- Storing your bass
pt. VI -- The part of tens -- 18. Ten innovative bassists you should know -- Jack Bruce -- Stanley Clarke --John Entwistle -- James Jamerson -- Will Lee -- Paul McCartney -- Marcus Miller -- Jaco Pastorius -- Victor Wooten -- X (fill in your own) -- 19. Ten great rhythm sections (bassists and drummers) -- Bootsy Collins and Jab'o Starks -- Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. -- James Jamerson and Benny Benjamin -- John Paul Jones and John Bonham -- Joe Osborn and Hal Blaine -- Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine --George Porter, Jr. and Zig Modeliste -- Francis Rocco Prestia and David Garibaldi -- Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie -- Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar -- Appendix -- Index
Summary Updated with the latest bass guitar technology, accessories, and more. The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to the other musicians-you have more important work to do. You can find everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition. You'll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kind of bass to pick up and which accessories are necessary and which are just nice to have. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions for getting started, from how to hold and position your bass to reading notation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves to
Notes Print version record
Subject Bass guitar -- Methods -- Self-instruction
MUSIC -- Musical Instruments -- Guitar.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Guitar & Fretted Instruments.
Bass guitar.
Genre/Form Methods (Music)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780470603819