Bass Licks: Over 200 Licks, Lines, and Grooves in Many Rhythmic Styles [With CD (Audio)] (Hal Leonard Bass Method) Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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I have found it extremely useful in getting to grips with the improvisation sections of the Rock School grade exams. It works a little like those learn to draw books whete you learn how standard shapes are fitted together to create a recognisable picture. Learn the patterns and you can move them anywhere on the fret board to suit the piece you are working on. Fair enough there are over 200 patterns in this book but you will quickly learn the rules of construction and be making up your own riffs and licks in no time.
First off its called bass licks which not really true (Ed emtnioned this in the blurb - maybe the publishers named it). If your looking for hundreds of riffs (which I use to do until I started forgetting them !) and then picking the ones you like and learning them then there are better books try the Jon Liebmans books. This books takes it beyond that. Eventually there is a limit to how many riffs you can remember and you start to work out the thoeory - then its better to have a tool fit which is what this gives you a good start on:
1. First it has a melodic pattern (2bars)- shows you one variation ie for bar 4 or 8 ie a fill to break it up.
2. Then it changes the rhythmic skelton though 5 different models: qtr, 8th, shuffle, 1/16th and swung 1/16th
3. It repeats 1&2 for different scale/chord types ie Box, Major, chromatic, Dominant, Minor, Open.
So what you get if you learn 1 pattern is a tool kit for varying without having to learn loads of licks.
I have to say - its not explained and explored as well as it could be (whih is unusal for Eds books) - this could be a much bigger and better book - the whole topic is much bigger too and we need more on this - ie how to fish not feeding licks !. If you already understand rhythmic and melodic vocabulory then you can work out how to use this - if not - best either use a teacher or build up a little theory/ideas first using more traditonal books.
Just my thoughts though.
Still good book - I got ideas out of here that I will keep for ever - its good just not well presented.
to increase the amount of licks in a more experienced bass player's repertoire.
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There are only 44 different licks... but each one is played in different rhythms... 4/4, shuffle, swing, 16th notes.. so each of the 44 licks is played 4 or 5 different ways
This book was alright nothing great though... The title is totall misleading..
Many of the licks dont even really groove ....
Most of the licks are so simple