• RRP: £14.95
  • You Save: £0.54 (4%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Hal Leonard Bass Method: ... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by owlsmart_usa
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Pages are clean and free of writing and or highlighting. Cover edges show some wear from reading and storage.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Hal Leonard Bass Method: Complete Edition Spiral-bound – 1 May 1996

4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Spiral-bound
"Please retry"
£14.41
£14.41 £10.57
£14.41 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Hal Leonard Bass Method: Complete Edition
  • +
  • Bass Guitar For Dummies
Total price: £27.62
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793563836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793563838
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

The Hal Leonard Bass Method is designed for anyone just learning to play bass. It is based on years of teaching bass tudents of all ages, and it also reflects some of the best bass teaching ideas from around the world.
This complete edition contains books 1, 2, and 3 bound together in one easy-to-use volume.


Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Learning to play the Bass properly after a long gap from a misguided youth, this book (actually three courses in one) suits me perfectly. It expects one to learn the standard musical notation along with all the usual drills for finger agility and automatic fret finding without having to look. Being properly structured it allows a beginner to learn the correct methods as a foundation for future development and the eventual blossoming of innate talent (or not).

It does require patience and hard work to progress past the simple instructions and exercises of the first few chapters, but then it comes alive and one can enjoy playing proper lines and sequences. Being a book one can skip the bits already familiar and progress at a pace to suit oneself re-reading and repeating where necessary, unlike the several on-line tutorials I gave up on where I found I was either rushed or bored.

The CDs are useful, and taken in conjunction with the book as a whole makes for a complete package with tempos and backing tracks, but don't expect to keep up with the CD at first!

I bought two other books as companions to this, largely based on Amazon reviews, and have been surprised at how well they fit in with the course.
Bass Guitar (Fretboard Roadmaps)
Building Rock Bass Lines
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a great book to learn how to play the bass by reading standard musical notation. However I would only recommend that you work through it from start to finish with the aid of a teacher. Working on my own I discovered that it was better to zero in on specific parts and concentrate on learning them first. For example, relatively easy, and essential, material on chords and scales is introduced in the later books and I felt it was wiser to cover this before some of the more difficult exercises in the first book. Also, your energies might be better employed learning the bass lines of real songs that you know, rather than those given here. I did pick out a few exercises that helped with particular skills and I memorised those. The rest I used to practice reading and once they became familiar, stopped playing them. A good companion book to this would be 'Bass Guitar for Dummies'. This has a section dedicated to grooving using chords and for a beginner would be more useful if you get together with other musicians to play.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Spiral-bound
I'm new to fretted instruments, but have played brass instruments many years ago and can sight read and bash out a tune on a keyboard. My bass clef reading is almost non-existant, not having done it for many years. I started out with Stuart Clayton's Crash Course: Bass (Crash Course (Warner Brothers)), which was very good in getting me up to a level of confidence that I'd actually be able to play bass and playing some reasonable basslines quickly. However, that book starts you off with, and encourages you to use, tab and being inherently lazy I was having trouble training myself to read the dots rather than the tab. Whilst I could play along, it felt like playing-by-numbers rather than really understanding what I'm doing.

I spent some time in a music shop looking at all their bass books, and decided to buy this. If I'd started out with this I'd probably have been disheartened as the first lesson would have had me struggling with how to hold the instrument, how to play a note and how to read standard notation at the same time. However, with a couple of weeks using Stuart Clayton's book I've got straight into this one. Rather than showing tab and standard notation, this book just uses standard notation (though tab is introduced later). That means that you are forced to read the music and equate where the dots are with positions on the fretboard. Inside a couple of days I knew my way around a small area of the fretboard (one octave in one position) and was sight reading the examples. I feel that I am starting to understand the instrument, rather than being told "put a finger here and play that string, then move your finger and play this string".
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Spiral-bound
I couldn't desire anything better. If you can't afford a music teacher this book is great, as it starts from fundamentals, progressively building your knowledge of the instrument and of music basics at the same time. And the full band tracks on the CD to play along with make the whole learning process funny.
I'm not a maestro (yet!) but some weeks ago I was completely clueless, while now I feel confident, and most important, AWARE of what I'm doing.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
When I first got my bass, I self-taught from Hal Leonard (No. 1 I think..). I got quite far with it, learning to read music as well as play. I then moved, and had barely picked up the bass in years.
Recently, I decided that it was time to start again, but I'd forgotten everything and couldn't find the book, so I bought this one. It already has me back on track with my playing, and I'm re-learning how to read music. Fantastic book, great price for all 3 (incl. CDs)!
Easy to follow - but not patronizing simple
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback