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Hal Leonard Fretless Bass Method (Book/Online Audio)

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The Fretless Bass book with online audio is an ideal supplement to any bass method. Uses 18 actual songs in various styles to teach key elements of t...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fretless Bass book with online audio is an ideal supplement to any bass method. Uses 18 actual songs in various styles to teach key elements of the electric fretless bass, such as intonation; harmonics; keys, scales and intervals; and more.

You'll learn to play in the style of Jaco Pastorius, Flea, Jack Bruce, Will Lee, Sting, Gary Willis, Tony Franklin, Jeff Ament and many others via 18 great songs: Bad Love • Continuum • Even Flow • Hocus Pocus • I Could Die for You • Jelly Roll • King of Pain • Kiss of Life • Lady in Red • Tears in Heaven • Very Early • What I Am • White Room • and more. The online audio features 92 full-band tracks for demo and play-along.

  • Inventory # HL 00695850
  • ISBN: 0634080539
  • UPC: 73999197112
  • Width: 9"
  • Length: 12"
  • 112 pages

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Fantastic Book for the Beginner-to-Intermediate Bassist

By Ian Perge

from Evansville, IN

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  • A Wide Variety of Fretless Bassists Represented
  • A Wide Variety of Fretless Songs Represented
  • Will Help a Beginning Fretless Player Improve
  • Will Help an Intermediate Player "Brush Up"


    Best Uses

    • Beginner / Intermediate Fretless Players
    • Fretless-Specific Techniques of Playing
    • Reasonably Priced
    • Wide Variety of Styles of Music

    Comments about Hal Leonard Fretless Bass Method Book with CD:

    In my opinion there are hardly enough Fretless-only Bass Instructional Books on the market, so picking up this little gem of a combination theory/fretless bass song tabulature books. It's structured with the basics of fretless playing at the beginning, then with song, player & style-specific techniques matched to the fretless bass song in both conventional notation and tablature.

    I've been playing fretless for a good while now and taking it "seriously" for the last 7 years, enough to upgrade from a quality Yamaha Bass that I defretted at home to have a Spector Euro Bolt-On 5 DLX FM custom-built, and then modified with my choice of Pickups & Electronics (custom EMG-40 shelled Nordstrand "Big Single" Pups with an Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP Preamp and an Epoxy-coated Fingerboard by HG Thor, one of the top fretless conversion and epoxy coating specialists out there) once I was comfortable in my technique and feeling that I was going to remain a fretless player. Even so, the variety of songs and styles of music represented in the book was a very nice "brush-up" on so techniques as well as styles of music that I rarely play, and for that alone it was worth the cost.

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