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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Cdr edition (31 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634017470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634017476
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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(Bass Instruction). Ready to take your playing to the next level? Renowned bassist Gary Willis presents valuable how-to insight that bassists of all styles and levels can benefit from. The text, photos, music, diagrams and accompanying 64-track CD provide a terrific, easy-to-use resource for a variety of topics, including: techniques, improvising and soloing, equipment, practicing, ear training, performance, theory, and much more.


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When I bought this book on a whim I wondered if it would help me at all. I have been playing bass for 16 years and have played over 300 gigs on various instruments. Nevertheless this book has some excellent tips and ideas that I had never heard of before despite my lond playing life.
I think there is a tip for everyone - no matter what their standard.
It is written in a light and funny way and is easily acessible to younger players. I have recommended it to my students.
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Like most, I'm a self-taught bass guitarist and had reached the typical sort of plateau where my playing wasn't getting any better and I needed some sort of inspiration and guidance to help me progress. Whilst some of the tips in this book will be glaringly obvious, most were new to me and many I've found useful. In particular, there's plenty of illustrated advice on how to properly set up your bass (action, neck relief, intonation etc). I've found that this in itself has actually helped my playing.

There are plenty of musical exercises too, but a word of warning that some use words and terms from musical theory without any sort of explanation of what these terms actually mean - for example I thought "G7" was something to do with the world's major economies and that a "triad" was a member of a criminal underworld gang! Joking aside, because a certain knowledge of musical theory seems to be assumed for some exercises, to get the fullest use out of this book you need at least some grounding or point of reference to musical theory, although you don't need to be able to actually read music, as tabulature (tab) is used throughout. A plus-point is that the advanced nature of some of the exercises will mean this book still has something to offer as you progress as a player.

Gary Willis is a renowned fretless bassist and as you'd expect, some of the tips focus on this type of bass - this came in useful to me too, just having bought a fretless bass after years playing only fretted. However, the vast majority of tips are relevant to all variants of bass guitar, so fretted-only players should not feel short-changed. In all, this book is good value for money and I'd recommend it as part of any bassist's library.
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Well, to be honest, I didn't really know what I was buying... I play bass and figured the book would just be a small pocket book full of tips - some good and some bad. The bood is actually A4 size and contains a CD. The book has a great deal of good information, not just short sentences but long page long pieces of information although some pieces are just there to fill up the 101 tips and are only a paragraphy or so.
Although, a lot of the information can be found else were - on the internet etc, and all this book has done is put it all together.
To be honest, the book is cheap and is worth it. If you have the money - go for it. You will probably use at least a couple of the tips in there, but some of the information is common knowledge and some you will know because you play a bass.
This book is good, but just not the greatest. Well worth adding to your collection as it will probably come in handy now and again and if you can be bothered to read the whole thing, it will give you tips and information for things which you never knew. It is a well set out and illistrated guide.
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From setting up your own instrument, getting the best sound out of your amplification to technique aquisition, this book has a wealth of information that could potentially limit the time and money spent utilising a technician while supplimenting personal development.

Though Jazz-oriented, the theory could also be applied to other genres. It could greatly enhance ones bass playing to a level of professionalism comparable to your favourite bassist. Knowing which notes to play over particular chords, how to negotiate chord progressions whether playing a bassline or improvising, using techniques such as harmonics, 101 Bass Tips is a developmental resource that you will find immensely useful, which, you may or may not be willing to share!

An exceptional bassist with numerous credits to his name, Gary Willis shares hard-won knowledge, albeit at a price, yet offers distinctly more by acting as a catalyst to the realisation of being a remarkable bass player.

101 Bass Tips is a useful resource for the aspiring bassist, engendering self-reliance and self-development that may be observable sooner rather than later, with the caveat that it provides no short-cuts, because there are none.
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