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Bass Bible (with 2 Free Audio CDs) Paperback – 1 Jan 1997
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About the Author
Paul Westwood was born in 1953 and is one of the world's most famous bass players as well as being one of London's elite session musicians. His album credits include such artists as Elton John, Vangelis, John Miles, Stephen Bishop, Andy Williams, José Carreras, Hot Chocolate, Madonna, Jennifer Rush and The Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras. He has toured with Charles Aznavour, John Dankenworth and Cleo Laine, and Cliff Richard and has worked with many jazz musicians including Steve Gadd, Wayne Shorter, Joe Beck and Jon Hiseman. Paul teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, London; King's College, London; and others.
Top customer reviews
Naturally you can take this book in two ways. My wife, who is the bass player, bought this book when she started to play ten years ago. She's been working through it ever since: it makes a great long-term investment in knowledge and skill, and is demanding enough to offer exercises which keep stretching a gigging player who might otherwise get stuck in a rut.
On the other hand, you can keep this on your shelf, ready to be pulled off whenever you get asked to play in a style you're not familiar with. The CDs are important for this -- if you can't place the particular style, you will never get the nuances from the written music, no matter what notation it's written in.
Although this book worked out great for my wife, I wouldn't recommend it for someone starting out unless they are very, very dedicated. It's more something for a player who can reliably do all the bread and butter stuff, and hold the band together even if the drummer has a tendency to wander a bit. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to a player whose sense of rhythm is not entirely reliable (guitarists 'guesting' on bass are often an example of this). The key to bass is not in a wide vocabulary of techniques, but in solidity and reliability. Once those are mastered, this book will open up new vistas. Without it, this is more likely to confuse.
Still, for solid players, this is invaluable, stretching, and as near complete as you're going to find.
Since ive received it i cant put it down, its a great book it really helped me.
It explain diffrent methods of playing and diffrent styles.
Also it exaplins what bass is, why it is used etc...
Not only is it good for beginners, i also showed this book to my friend whom has been playing for 2 years and he would it helpful, it helped him tidy up his playing.
Excellent read.Well worth it!