- Paperback: 191 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967601509
- ISBN-13: 978-0967601502
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Evolving Bassist -- Millennium Edition: A Comprehensive Method in Developing a Total Musical Concept for the Aspiring Jazz Bass Player Paperback – January 1, 2000
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While loosely defined as a method, the "Evolving Bassist" is really more of a well thought out approach to playing the instrument. The skills taught follow several threads of theory and practice, but it's not a beginner tutorial even though very early players will benefit from the material...and continue to benefit throughout their playing career. If one is desirous of a more basic text in the jazz genre then you must get "The Michael Moore Bass Method", probably the best tutorial currently available; the classical "Simandl" material notwithstanding. The two books and the "Evolving..." DVD really are complimentary and easily stand at the forefront of a limited field. Highly recommended.
Having said that, this is a great book. It really starts with complete beginner basics, and builds from there. You're playing will grow with each section. You'll get out of it what you put into it with this book - which can be a ton.
Whether you apsire to play jazz or not, this book can open you up as a bassist and give you many tools to use.
Of all the methods out there, Reid's is the one that has really stood the test of time, and for good reason. He starts the reader off with basic scales and simple patterns for playing over changes. From there it's on through more complex scales and patterns and finally, soloing, illustrated with a number of transcribed classics.
Combine this book with the Simandl book for basic technique (and a good library of jazz albums), and you have just about everything needed to guide the beginning bass player through the intermediate stage. For a player who already had a basic classical technique, this book alone is just about all that's needed to learn to play jazz.