Hal Leonard Bass Method: Complete Edition Spiral-bound – 1 May 1996
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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.
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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.
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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 ›
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.
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
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Fantastic! Beautifully thought out. Methodical, clear and progressive. I have the backing tracks on my iPhone with Bluetooth speaker. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. J. Lee
Great book, well written, well laid out and easy to follow. I played bass many years ago and was self taught, the problem I'm having is getting rid of the bad technique if I ever... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Conscrog
Really good book for beginners. Just about covers everything and in some detail. Worth every penny.Published 7 months ago by Mr Smith
Super speedy delivery . Would definitely recommend. Great book for my grandson who's learning bass guitar.Published 9 months ago by Bobbles
Very pleased with this book, not only do you get 3 books in the one. you also get all 3 cds. over 140 musical short clips to play all with. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Edward G