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Billy Sheehan: Basic Bass (DVD + Book) (2008)

Billy Sheehan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Billy Sheehan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers Pub.
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000783AAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Billy Sheehan, one of the true masters of the bass, shows aspiring musicians all they need to know to start playing right away. Start off by learning what to look for when selecting an instrument, then continue with lessons in basics for the right and left hands, scales and modes, locking in with the bass drum, introductions to various styles, and more! 32 page book and companion DVD.

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it! August 30, 2008
The book is bad but the DVD is terrible. I am guitarist wanting to get better at bass. If I wasn't experienced I would have be have been completely lost. For instance after hardly explaining anything Bill launches into a very complex bass line that includes a hammer-on. The funny thing is that he never explains how to do a hammer-on or what it even is. The only thing I got out of this whole set is the three finger plucking which was interesting and helpful. But I wouldn't recommend for a beginner to do three finger plucking so it is kinda bizarre that it is in the "Beginner" book and DVD.

Bill doesn't stress any kind of fundamentals and proper playing technique. His teaching is to tell you "there are no rules and find what works for you." Did I need to pay $25 for that?

Billy doesn't follow a script so he is just making it up as he goes along and sometimes circles back a few steps. Most of the time it seems like he is filling time saying the same thing over and over again. My favorite part is when he takes 15 minutes to explain the difference between "bass", "mid", and "treble" on an amp. I think anybody who has ever operated a car stereo understands the concept.

Save your money. Don't buy this unless you want to buy my copy I am immediately putting up on Ebay.
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