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Bluegrass Bass Favorites

By Fred Neumann

String Bass - Beginning
Composed by Fred Neumann. Saddle-stitched, Rhythm/Backup. Bluegrass. Book. 40 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20314).

Item Number: MB.20314
ISBN 9780786671533. Bluegrass. 8.5 x 11 inches.

Question: How many bluegrass bass players does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: I-V-I-V

This timeless book presents suggested bass lines for dozens of bluegrass favorites, offering the root and the fifth for each chord in the progression in guitar-friendly keys. No music, tab, or lyrics are included in this book, just the song titles and the author's suggestion of a fundamental bass line in his own brand of shorthand. Perfect for the doghouse bassist wannabe!

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    Joe Ross
    Roseburg, OR
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  • 2005-01-06 00:00:00.0 Bass 101 to get you started

    Neumann’s book takes less than 2 full pages to discuss his system of notation, how to transpose, & major scales & key signatures. The remaining 38 pages are chord charts for 330 songs, instrumentals & fiddle tunes. They are listed alphabetically, & some cross-referencing is also provided. There are also 9 Christmas...

    songs included too. A beginning bass player would be able to easily use these charts to practice or jam with. Rather than full bass lines, Neumann’s charts primarily offer the root & the fifth for each chord in the songs. There are few variations or passing notes provided. His book includes no music, tab, or lyrics. Although he did it occasionally, it would have been more helpful to consistently label which lines are for a song’s verse, & which are for the song’s chorus. While this is elementary bass 101, it will open the doors for some bluegrassers who are just starting out on the instrument. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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