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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential if you're going to teach yourself, 15 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Play Bass Guitar Now! Dvd (DVD)
If you're learning to play the bass guitar (as I am), and you're not actually going to have lessons, I'd say that a tutorial DVD/video is a must. With this mind, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one. The examples for you to copy are very clearly shown (by a friendly man with obligatory music teacher beard) and easy to follow, and the presentation, whilst a little dated, is also good (and let's face it, you're not going to watch this DVD for it's aesthetic appeal).

However, if you are going to be entirely self taught, I would also recommend getting a tutorial book to compliment this DVD. Firstly, there are only so many things that can be included in a DVD of this length (50 mins, much of which is taken up by the examples). Secondly, there were times when I felt that even with the areas covered, more detail could have been gone into. For instance, with the tuning section, the guy simply plays each string repeatedly and tells you to tune your string to it, without any instructions on how to do this! Fair enough, most people know how to tighten a string on a guitar so this shouldn't cause any problems, but for a product of this price, I would have expected more depth. Lastly, I think it's useful to have more than one viewpoint on things such as fingering. For example, the book that I'm using suggests a slightly different fingering of minor & major chord arpeggios, and having considered both methods (and seeing that both are considered to be OK), I was able to choose the one that suited me.

I'm learning to play bass entirely from this DVD and from reading "Bass Guitar for Dummies", and I'd strongly recommend this combination. The DVD gives you examples that you can see and actually copy (essential), but the book contains much greater depth in all areas. With both these products, and with some good hours of practice (which sadly you can't buy on Amazon!), you'll be knocking out those bass lines in no time.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2008 19:11:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2008 19:11:56 GMT
All the Ed Friedland books are very good and I use them a lot for teaching. If you find walking basslines a bit difficult - try his first best seller "Walking Basslines" - it was his dissertation at Uni.
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