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Hal Leonard Bass Method - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume!
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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
I started playing bass at age 10 about 20 years ago. I taught myself everything. I used my ears...I didn't take lessons or ever learn the "music" behind what I was doing. Read morePublished 11 days ago by bmmh05
Only about 10 pages into this book, but so far I have no real complaints. The play along songs are of suspect quality sound-wise, but they are really just practice material to... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jim M.
This is a great book. If you have the time and the patience you can teach yourself so much. I highly recommend this book.Published 20 days ago by Marbleharley
Good book. Takes you from beginners to more advanced
Wish it showed all fingering. I'm not too good only reading notes. Still a good all around bass guitar book.
The thought of playing the bass is something that has interested me since I went to my first concert in Jr. High School and saw the Stray Cats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Walter