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The Jazz Bass Book: Technique and Tradition (Bass Player Musician's Library)Book & Online Audio Paperback – September 1, 2002
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The biographical information is almost incidental and a getting a bit dated. And there are some rather unnecssary editorial essays at the end telling us what it means to be a good bass player.
But those are just quibbles. The musical examples and appended information are what make the book worthwhile. I wouldn't want this to be my primary source for learning jazz bass, but it's fun browse, a useful reference and a good book to learn some new lines and pick up some basic tips. It's a book to mine for ideas.
And don't walk away from this one because you play electric. In fact, the information presented and the perspective this book takes makes this valuable for the electric bass player.
Oh and by the way, no tab on the printed music. A good thing IMHO. Read the music, stay off the crutch.
The first section of the book is primarily short snapshots of significant bassists, each being composed of a short biography accompanied by brief musical examples. The latter section- almost an appendix- consists of longer examples of styles and techniques. It's not really a method book, but it does offer some insight into styles and harmonic and rhythmic concepts for the beginning or intermediate jazz bassists. The accompanying CD helps illustrate the musical examples for those whose reading and playing technique are at a more basic stage.
All in all, a very entertaining and useful book for jazz bassists of all abilities, and an excellent choice for bedside reading.
The parts in the book about actually playing make it a good companion to a more methodical bass method book, with transcriptions of great players' solos as well as more exercise-oriented pieces developed by Goldsby to help your technique.
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But expensive (customs fees in Belgium) if you order in the USA