Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies

From the Back Cover
The fun and easy way® to tune up your technique and improve your playing

Learn to:

Master scales, chords, and arpeggios through 300 bass guitar exercises
Grasp finger and hand position
Refine tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics
The bass guitar is used in almost every single genre of music ― from rock to classical, jazz to funk. Regardless of your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides the tips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability. Whether you’re a beginner player or looking to stretch your playing skills, this is the book for you!

Know your scales ― play scales straight up and down and combine them with chord arpeggios and even with grooves
The right rhythm for the right style ― accumulate a good basic repertoire of genre-specific grooves so that you sound like an expert
Hear how it’s done ― listen to tracks of the author playing many of the exercises
Develop muscle memory ― play arpeggios, rhythms, grooves, and melodies, and establish the wherewithal to apply them to different styles
Real-life applications ― see how the exercises are applied in real and famous songs
Open the book and find:

Tips for correct hand and body posture
Instruction on fingering options and hand positions
Exercises for tempo, time signature, phrasing, and dynamics
Hints for developing a complete practice session
Ways the exercises can be applied to great music
Methods for getting comfortable with scales
Workouts for stronger playing

About the Author
Patrick Pfeiffer has recorded with George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Norman (Coasters), Paul Griffin (Steely Dan), Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), and Mike Kissel’s KMA All-Stars, to name a few.

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Exploring the anatomy of a bass guitar
Getting started: Holding your bass, positioning your hands, and striking notes
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Creating a groove and playing solos and fills
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Caring for your bass: Cleaning, changing strings, and so on
Buying your own bass and accessories
Top Ten lists on bassists you should know about
Bass Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD that includes audio clips of all the examples in the book.

So put away the air bass guitar and get yourself the real thing. With the help of Bass Guitar For Dummies, you’ll be groovin’ in your own band in no time!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Exercises and drills on the CD help you practice your skills
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Choose the right guitar, equipment, and strings
Hold, tune, and get situated with your guitar
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Master melodies and solos
Make your guitar sing, cry, and wail
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Do you wish you could play your favorite blues music on guitar? Even if you don’t read music, it’s not difficult with Blues Guitar for Dummies. With this hands-on guide, you’ll pick up the fundamentals instantly and start jamming like your favorite blues artists!
Blues Guitar for Dummies covers all aspects of blues guitar, showing you how to play scales, chords, progressions, riffs, solos, and more! It’s packed with musical examples, chords charts, and photos that let you explore the genre and play the songs of the great blues musicians. This accessible guide will give you the skills you need to:

Choose the right guitar, equipment, and strings
Hold, tune, and get situated with your guitar
Play barre chords and strum to the rhythm
Recognize the structure of a blues song
Tackle musical riffs
Master melodies and solos
Make your guitar sing, cry, and wail
Jam to any type of blues

In addition to this must-have book, a bonus CD is included so that you can listen to famous songs, practice your riffs and chords, and develop your style as a blues musician. It also features a quick guide to musical notation and suggestions on albums, artists, and guitars for further enjoyment. With Blues Guitar for Dummies, you can re-create the masterpieces of the blues legend without the expensive lessons!