- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
101 Bass Tips Paperback – 31 Aug 2002
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for the home bass players library. Lots of interesting and informative factsPublished 7 months ago by John Brady
Great book - highly recommended if you are looking of any kind of tip on the bass from a bass master!Published on 22 Aug. 2014 by Lorenzo Bassignani