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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Pubns (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786659963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786659968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The staff and print are large enough for easy reading at my piano.
countin4
It would be beneficial if you had a teacher when working thru this book, but you could so it on your own if you understand minimal music theory.
D. Kolton
I'm learning bass, focusing on walking jazz lines and I'm finding this book very helpful.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are a number of good method books for the jazz bassist these days- I must own at least a dozen! But Hungerford's book is one of the best. Unlike some authors, Hungerford doesn't start you off playing root-root-root or root-fifth-root-fifth. He assumes you want to learn to play real bass lines, and that's exactly what he gives you. From the beginning he has the reader building lines with roots, 3rds, 5th, 6ths and 7ths; from there, he moves quickly into I-IVs, rhythm changes and II-V-Is in various keys. There's also an accompanying CD to provide rhythmic and harmonic accomaniment to the excercises.
The second half of the book takes the reader through a number of standard tunes, some with bass lines written out and some provided for the reader to write their own lines using the guidelines given. There's a lot of information packed into less than 100 pages here, and a diligent player will find all they need for a solid progam of jazz education.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By THX1138b on May 6, 2004
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I'm learning bass, focusing on walking jazz lines and I'm finding this book very helpful. The book assumes some basic skills and a little basic theory. Hungerford's approach is mechanical (in a good sense) rather than theoretical. It illustrates how walking lines are built. The principles are easy to grasp. There are lots of examples and room to experiment.

Best of all, the book includes the chord changes as well as a transcribed bass line for 20 recognized jazz standards (good ones too). On the CD, the bass is in one channel the other instruments in the other.

After some months of practice with this book I've edited my comments. I've used and/or seen many other books on this subject and the approach used Walking Jazz Lines for Bass is sound. The author is clear enough that this book should not be your only source of learing and playing this music. Using this book alone would be far too narrow. There are other good books and practice CDs. Get some of them. But this one is simple, clear and easy. it will get you off to a very good start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Kolton on January 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've bought more than my share of bass books, and most of them don't even

begin to give you the kind of "knowledge" that comes with this volume.

Hungerford sets up his book in amanner that takes you thru "patterns" of

major and minor scales, progressing from simple 1-3-5-3 chords to chords +

scales + accidental notes.

But it gets even better, as he "gives" you the standard walking patterns

that cover the usual ii-V-I progression. And he does this with notes (sorry

kids, TAB is worthless if you want to be a serious player) and

notated finger positions below the staff. Thus, instead of being simply

give a note progression, you can "get it" with the most useful fingering

and shifts as well.

It would be beneficial if you had a teacher when working thru this book,

but you could so it on your own if you understand minimal music theory.

This is really a first rate book if you want to learn to play jazz bass!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Slo-Hand on October 12, 2006
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Let me qualify this by saying I am not a bass player, nor do I aspire to be. I do however have a need to record credible basslines for my guitar soloing. In that regard, this book fits like a glove. There is no unnecessary theory or confusing sidetracks to the goal of playing credible jazz basslines. The book is easy to read,(spiral bound so it opens completely), with large notes. Each jazz standard offers a different lesson which is an ingeniously effective device. This book would have gotten 5 stars from me if it weren't for the small number of typos I found. Most of these are obvious,(page 23, 1st note under a B flat major 7th chord is obviously not going to be a B natural) but perhaps I'm being too hard on the book. It's been said that any fool can make a complex subject complex but it takes a genious to make the complex simple. This is probably the only book on bass guitar I will ever need for my purposes and so I thank you Jay for that !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David E. Paller on March 21, 2006
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Very well organized for someone starting with rudimentary knowledge of the bass as well as someone already with playing ability, to learn how to read bass lines from sheet music as well as making their own bass lines from a chord chart. The written words of the author also are very helpful in understanding the role of the bass player and how to work with other musicians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George S. Christiansen on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have recently come back to having bass as my main instrument after 5 years of performing as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. I used to be quite good in genres other than jazz, but really wanted to get to where I could do session work and start playing in a jazz setting.

I have spent a few hundred dollars on different bass books and play a-longs in the last 3 months, and while all of them are helpful in one way or another, this one is by far the best.

I already know some of the theory and can read music (more comfortable with treble clef), but this book can definitely take you from knowing nothing to playing as a pro. It is definitely more geared towards electric (fretted) players, but it can easily be transferred to upright (I can't imagine anyone not taking lessons for upright and having a teacher that could help "translate" the necessary ideas).

Here's some specifics:

1- The book does a really good job of giving you a little theory and then teaching you a new song so that you can apply it in context. You need both.

2- It is spiral bound. It totally escapes me why all music books are not this way. The pages won't stay open on most books without me having to use some clip or weight to hold them in place. I'd gladly pay a couple of bucks more for books that are spiral bound.

2- It gives the interval numbers for the bass lines as well as the notes being played, which enables you to play the parts even if you don't know how to read the music. For me learning to get comfortable with reading bass clef, this is awesome.
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