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Essential Styles for the Drummer and Bassist, Book 1 (Book and CD) Paperback – August 1, 1990


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; Bk&CD edition (August 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739013548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739013540
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Deleon on April 6, 2009
This book could have easily won a 4 or 5 star rating from me, but there is one serious deficiency in this book --- huge portions of what is actually being played is not transcribed. This may be more of a problem for the bassists who are interested in this book, since the drum parts generally are static most of the time. For the first half of the book the bass transcriptions range from very good (and complete) to partial transcriptions ranging from just a couple bars to several bars transcribed while several bars are just left blank, for you to figure out by ear. For nearly the entire second half of the book, the bass player / transcriber (could be a different person I suppose) just decides to entirely stop transcribing the bass part. That's right, for about half the tunes in this book they do not even bother transcribing the bass part. By today's standards, where any guitar / bass book you purchase will have full transcriptions as well as TAB and recordings.....this just doesn't cut it. Yes, even just listening to the tracks could be educational, but.....if I wanted to just learn by listening, I would actually just go buy some CDs of my favorite artists, and do just that....The entire point of purchasing an instructional book is defeated by this lack of complete transcriptions in this book.

The book is more orientated towards blues / funk / jazz styles, which is fine, but there are also many other styles that would make this book more complete and useful as a reference. All of the tracks on the CD are of top quality and true to the styles they represent and are the main reason for the 3 stars in my rating.

Another deficiency is the total lack of explanation of what the bass player is thinking or doing when creating the bass lines.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Drinker on January 9, 2011
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From the standpoint of someone wanting to learn something about jazz bass lines, this book is next to useless. Only a few of the CD tracks are jazz tracks, but those don't have written bass lines. Warrington offers written example bass lines for the other genres of music this book and CD cover (rock, funk, latin, etc.), but not for the jazz tracks. All he offers in writing for the jazz bass tracks are the chord changes. Amazingly, Vol. 2 of this work--published two years later--is the same way.

You say, well, he must have intended that we supply our own bass lines for the jazz pieces, so he gave us no bass lines intentionally? I think that is obviously NOT the case. Take this line from Vol. 2 regarding the Medium Jazz track:

"Notice that you never find two adjacent chords with the same bass note." And later in that same paragraph:

"Notice here how the bass comes down out of the high register into the walking line."

You can't notice ANY of those things in the charts because there ARE NO written bass notes. Zero. Zip.

To be fair to Warrington, he must have been listening to and talking about his own recorded-audio bass lines in order to describe them in that way. But why those bass notes didn't make it into print in the finished book is hard to conceive. And why he didn't notice it himself even in Vol. 2 published two years after the first gaffs in Vol. 1 is even more difficult to figure.
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By melad khoury on July 13, 2014
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once of the best books i ever had
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I am a band teacher (11yrs) whose primary instrument is percussion. This is a phenomenal book for young drumset players if you are looking to get a great introduction to non-rock based styles. I have used this book over and over again with my young jazz band drummers when we pull out latin charts and they have no idea what to play. The play along CD puts all the styles into context and makes it fun for students to practice. Had to chime in with a 5 star rating to help the overall review a bit. I know the bass players don't particularly like this book but Steve Houghton is a staple in the percussion world and this book is excellent. Also check out Steve's book "Studio and Big Band Drumming".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Card on February 4, 2013
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And she's using it all the time and I've had other musicians tell me that this is an excellent book for percussionists.
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