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Lost Art of Country Bass Book/CD

Lost Art of Country Bass Book/CD

(Bass Instruction). An introduction to country bass for electric or upright players. This book/CD pack is an insider’s look at country bass playing on stage and in the studio. The book includes lessons and music in the style of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzel, Marty Stuart, David Ball, and more. The CD includes 35 songs with full band backing. You’ll learn classic and modern country bass lines, how to be a studio bassist, how to read music with the Nashville Number System, and more! A killer country primer.’ Bass Player magazine

  • Includes Guitar TAB80 pagesSize: 12″ x 9″ISBN: 793569923

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  1. 25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good, with a few short comings, December 3, 2008
    THX1138b (NY USA) –

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    This review is from: Lost Art of Country Bass Book/CD (Paperback)
    As others have pointed out, this is a useful book for learning country bass on electric or upright. And as others have said, it can also put you to sleep rather quickly.

    Most imoportant to realize before you buy: this is old-time country music (think 40’s fiddle blue-grass, not 80s Nashville) If endless variations on R-3-5 get you down, you are probably not destined to play or enjoy playing country. And speed is not the goal here either (I think only a few tunes break 120 bpm), it’s about outlining the form of the song, keeping time, keeping the beat. If you’re on upright or electric fretless the exercises are good for your intonation.

    Time. Root motion. Basic walking. Some waltz time and ballads thown in. A token Latin number and a 10-step. Not a bad way to get grounded.

    Because of the relative simplicity of the lines it is also a good one to beef up your sight reading.

    Which points out the one real weakness: that tab. I’m not proposing the old argument that tab is a useless crutch. It has it’s place and publishers can’t sell books without it. But the tab in this book is frequently counter to good playing technique. Specifically, it frequenlty outlines unnecessary shifts in position. Some of them strike me as having been cobbled up by a guitar player or some one who doesn’t play bass but knows the fretboard. Follow the tab and you’ll be chasing the notes when you don’t have to.

    So, get a black marking pen and ink out the tab. This music is just not that complex.

    There are a couple sections on technique and gear with general information that is too general to be really useful. A page titled “know your bass” that is downright funny, some useless tips (Change strings once a month!).
    But there is also a page on the Nashville system. More detail there would be more welcome.

    Of course it has the limitation of all book-and-CD exercises, there is no dynamic or vairation, no surprise. It’s too much like clock work. But it does succeed well in what it attempts to do, provide good examples and practice play-along in solid country style.

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  2. 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great beginning bass book, even if you hate country and love jazz!, July 1, 2010
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    This review is from: Lost Art of Country Bass Book/CD (Paperback)
    I listen to NO country music at all–zero. I love jazz. But as an adult beginner on a fretless upright bass, I thought this book might get me jamming with some local amateur folk musicians, at least, while in the meantime I would spent years trying to learn the rudiments of jazz. So I open it up and the very first example (from an old country bass great named Allen Williams) employs a ii-V-I progression, common to jazz. Specifically, when going from a I to a V, Williams would often substitute a ii for the V and walk up to the V from there. Not only that, but–and the book didn’t point this out–he’d actually anticipate the V by playing a V at the end of previous measure as an approach note to the ii. This is just the kind of stuff that I needed to get started on the road to where I really want to go, which isn’t country.

    The one reviewer who panned this book said the “songs” were a “durge.” (Do you think he meant “dirge” or “drudge”? I dunno.) But this isn’t a “song” book at all. There isn’t a single “song” in it, by name. It’s a great elementary book to use with a bass method book. There ARE numerous full-page EXAMPLES of various TYPES of country tunes in varied bass styles, and they’re all on the accompanying CD, too. Just what you need to get going as an adult beginning bassist.

    Keith Rosiér put a lot of thought into this book. The examples are instructive and even fun, and he provides many useful tips regarding practicing and playing with other musicians. This was some of the best music money I’ve spent.

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  3. 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great examples of walking bass lines., June 29, 2000

    This review is from: Lost Art of Country Bass Book/CD (Paperback)
    This is one of the first bass books I bought when I first started to study the electric bass. I bought it, not because I was a big country fan, but because I thought I could handle the music. As I started working on the material, I began to become more curious about the music itself and started listening to some of the artists recommended. I’ve been listening ever since. I’m now a big Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson fan. I knew of them before this, of course, but I had never really given them a serious listen. I’m listening now. Highly recommended.
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