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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Nellie W. Fink is a nationally known musician, performer, and instructor specializing in fretted instruments, woodwinds, and voice. She is known for her down-to-earth, no- nonsense teaching approach for students of all levels.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having recently joined my church band as the bass player despite having no prior experience with the instrument (though I do have a couple of years of steady progress on electric and acoustic guitar,) I was glad to see that this book has a different presentation style than the typical bass method book. It is much more discussion oriented, which gives it a unique teaching value that I found very helpful for self-study. (I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of the book many weeks ago, which is why I can write this review now even as the book first begins to officially ship.)
The first thing I noticed when I received my copy is how much text there is. Other bass books I purchased dive quickly into reading notation and playing one note, one string at a time, graduating up to scales and basic melody lines with very little explanatory text. Hodge takes a different route, that of mentor, guiding you through the how and why of every topic he presents, from finger placement during a riff to creating your own bass lines. Hodge writes in an easy-to-understand, down-to-earth manner, and it's almost like having an experienced teacher there with you.
There is enough music theory to help you understand the basics of scales, chords and arpeggios, but not so much that you feel bogged down. Importantly, all of Hodge's discussion on theory leads to practical application in the subsequent chapters.Read more ›
I'm 40 and have learned to play guitar in the last 4 years and a half, mostly through David's lessons on Guitar Noise.
I had no previous musical education as such before these four years.
I decided to read the book as a way to expand my knowledge of both the guitar and bass. I used to be a drummer, so rhythm -although new in writing- is not new to me itself. That's my only advantage against somebody totally new to learning music.
I'm a good example of not talented musician who can finally express himself musically, since I like music a lot and have played with several bands over the years, but couldn't compose or interpret songs with just drums, which I only started playing semi-ok after many years . I had always thought i was unable to understand any other instrument aside from the drums.
Please don't read my review as if I'm saying you need a lot of experience in order to read this book. It's actually the other way around. You are going to become a much better musician after going through this book. How I did it just introduces "slow-learning me", and I'm positive David's book would be a highly interesting way to get started from scratch and getting an incredibly firm foundation along the way.
As with every good reading, you're not going to get away with this book or other of David's lessons with your eyes closed if you're a novice. Just as you won't get away with your musical education that quickly unless you're really talented.
In which case you don't need this book. If you have been a musically gifted person from birth onwards, you don't need this.Read more ›
Worth noting is that, in addition to the usual notes and tablature, there is plenty of text as well (a nice change for a music book) and it's all put to good use. Mr. Hodge anticipates questions very well, and his conversational writing style translates superbly to learning an instrument.
The accompanying CD is well-produced, well-integrated, and great fun to play along with. I am finding the Bass Guide as enjoyable as it is useful - very highly recommended!
One notable sign of David's empathy with students is how he responds to requests for help. In his work with GuitarNoise.com, he has answered his emails from players of all levels. You should not depend on a book's author answering your direct emails, but it's at least reassuring to know that David is an ongoing presence on the web.
This book covers a lot of ground -- material valued at well beyond the book's price. We go from the basics of music, buying a bass, up to jazz rhythms, arpeggios, slapping, and other distinctive bass sounds.
I believe players of different skill levels would get a lot from this book, from total beginners to intermediates. There's that much material in the book.
There's a good bit of stuff on soloing. This includes several jam tracks on the CD. But the best part about the bits on soloing is David's approach: he gives you lots of ideas. Use arpeggios here, just root notes there, vary the rhythm, etc.
It's a pretty big book, and it's notated in standard notation and tablature. You should be able to prop it up on a music stand pretty easily.
The sidebars are useful and inspirational. "Don't get down on yourself for not being a prodigy!" And there are bits on celeb bass players from different genres.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book offers a different slant on format. This had helped me understand different and somewhat complicated music scoresPublished 1 month ago by DLPATTEN
This book is great for learning how to play and for bass player that have been playing bass for awhile.they shipped it very fastPublished 4 months ago by shan
I bought The Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar as my initial foray into the world of bass guitar and to explore whether I might want to study bass someday. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ronald Light
Has a lot of information for the beginner an has disc with good presentation.Published 11 months ago by paul
Just getting started with it. If I don't learn it will not be the books fault. It is very well written. Some body wish me luck ,as I'm 65 years old. A little late to get started!Published 13 months ago by jack
I ran across David Hodge's teaching on guitarnoise.com and asked about an easier way to download and read his lessons - then he mentioned his book! Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. L. Simms
Great for a refresher after not playing seriously fora few too many yrs.Published 17 months ago by Philip G Van Valkenburg