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Hal Leonard Bass Method - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume! Spiral-bound – May 1, 1996
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First off, it does NOT depend on TAB. You start with notes. And even when TAB appears far into the book, it is not necessary as you can still play in notes. And as mentioned below, you get to play "tunes" early one, even if they are very simple. Thus, you get to build a base playing along with the band on the CD.
Everything progresses cleanly. You get pictures of fingerings, diagrams of fingerings, and (early on) numbering of the fingering of notes under the notes themselves. In other words...
This is the book you want if you don't have/can't have a teacher. It won't take you all the way there by itself, but you'll cross a few county lines on the way to the big time!
The lessons can't be extremely exciting when you're just learning an instrument, but they have done a good job of choosing lessons that actually have some pretty interesting tunes from various genres of music. They have also interspersed shorter 8 measure excercises with occasional longer numbers of 25 or so measures. This helps the lessons seem less like "drills" and more like you're actually making progress.
When I received this version with the CDs, it made everything even better. To be able to play along with the full instrumentation to the songs in the book really helps, especially in forcing you to keep regular time, since you can't d r a a a a a g out a measure when the fingering gets tough.
I'm a drummer, but one who can read music (yes, there are a few of us), so I can't vouch for whether there is enough material to teach the uninitiated how to read music notation for time value, but I have picked up a reasonable amount of knowledge of reading music for pitch.
I also recommend you get a supplementary book with songs that you actually enjoy playing. The songs in this method are original creations of the author and it gets tedious playing a bunch of melodies you don't know or care for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not nearly as good as the guitar method book. Teaches sharps and flats way too fast. Would be a very hard book for a young beginner.Published 3 days ago by Victor Sigg
Glad I found this book. At first glance it looks like it's a simple book to go through but if you are seriously studying the bass or any other instruments in their series line of... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kogabear
I'm a guitarist, fooling around on bass for going on a year, decided to get the Walking Bass book by this author, and then noticed this deal. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mike T
If you are a Kindle, Android or PC Cloud user DO NOT get the KIndle addition!!!! I feel as though I have been conned by Amazon on this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
This book has so far made my bass learning experience simple and easy.Published 1 month ago by Andrew
Great Beginner Bass guitar lessons. Easy to read and understand. Love it. Great deal with purchasing all 3 volumesPublished 2 months ago by Michael C
Currently using this as the method book for all my college bass students. It is great, and the Kindle version is very cool (you can play all the examples right from the e-book).Published 2 months ago by picardythird