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The Total Blues Bassist

A Fun and Comprehensive Overview of Blues Bass Playing

By Matthew Liston

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A Fun and Comprehensive Overview of Blues Bass Playing. Composed by Matthew Liston. Bass Guitar Method or Supplement; Method/Instruction. The Total Bassist. Blues. Book & CD. 128 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.30232).

Item Number: AP.30232
ISBN 0739052675. Blues.

The Total Blues Bassist is a unique and exciting journey through the diverse world of blues bass playing. The blues has influenced countless styles of music---including rock, jazz, pop, and country---and is loved for the depth of feeling it captures. This book will teach you all the skills you need to master the blues, such as various left- and right-hand techniques as well as advanced concepts like using silence and dynamics to help you create more interesting bass lines. Learn how to lock in with the drummer, guitarist, and singer, and even how to play without a drummer. You will also discover many styles such as delta blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues, rockabilly, funk, and jazz blues. You can build your own style on the bass as well as prepare for any blues situation you encounter. A CD demonstrating the examples in the book is included.

  • About the Author 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Introduction 
  • PART 1: GETTING STARTED 
  • CHAPTER 1: MUSIC NOTATION 
  • Tablature (TAB) 
  • Fretboard Diagrams 
  • Standard Music Notation 
  • CHAPTER 2: GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH THE BASS 
  • A Note About Equipment 
  • Using an Amplifier 
  • Holding the Bass 
  • Tuning the Bass 
  • CHAPTER 3: BASIC TECHNIQUE 
  • Basic Right-Hand Technique: Getting a Good Sound 
  • Left-Hand Technique 
  • Learning the Fretboard 
  • CHAPTER 4: THE MAJOR SCALE 
  • Scale Degrees 
  • The Major Scales 
  • CHAPTER 5: MORE MUSIC THEORY 
  • Intervals 
  • Key Signatures 
  • The Circle of 5ths 
  • Harmony 
  • Diatonic Harmony 
  • Modes of the Major Scale 
  • PART 2: PLAYING THE BLUES 
  • Becoming a Total Blues Bassist 
  • CHAPTER 6: THE 12-BAR BLUES FORM 
  • Four-Bar Phrases 
  • Playing a 12-Bar Blues 
  • Easy Does It 
  • Be There or Be Flat 
  • Chapter 7: Rhythmic Variations 
  • Straight Eighths and Quick Fours 
  • Possum Blossom 
  • Eighth-Note Triplets 
  • Rough Bounce 
  • The Shuffle Feel 
  • Too Hot to Bowl 
  • Saturday Morning Blues 
  • Friendship Blues 
  • CHAPTER 8: PATTERN-BASED BASS LINES 
  • One-Bar Patterns 
  • Transposing Patterns 
  • Transposing Patterns to IV and V 
  • The Real Veal 
  • Old Dog, New Trick 
  • Open and Closed Fingerings 
  • CHAPTER 9: 7TH CHORDS 
  • Dominant 7th Chords in the Blues 
  • CHAPTER 10: SCALES 
  • The Major Scale 
  • The Major Pentatonic Scale 
  • We Fit Together Real Nice 
  • The Mixolydian Mode Over a Dominant 7th Chord 
  • Breezin' Blues 
  • Mixed, Not Shakin' 
  • The Minor Scale 
  • The Minor Pentatonic Scale 
  • The Blues Scale 
  • Patterns and Licks Using the Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales 
  • PART 3: VARIATIONS 
  • CHAPTER 11: MORE RHYTHMIC VARIATIONS 
  • Cut Time 
  • Checking If My Train's on Time 
  • Syncopation 
  • Billygoat Rock 
  • The Clave Rhythm 
  • Candy Don't Want Me No More 
  • Anticipation 
  • Cowbell Burnout Blues 
  • Syncopation Exercises 
  • Time 
  • Oh My, A Blues! 
  • Uptempo Shuffle 
  • Showing Off My Lady 
  • CHAPTER 12: TURNAROUNDS 
  • Double-Stop Turnaround 
  • Little Arms Blues 
  • CHAPTER 13: CHORD SUBSTITUTIONS 
  • Common Substitutions 
  • Hot for Substitute 
  • More Substitutions 
  • Some Sunny Sunday 
  • CHAPTER 14: NON-12-BAR FORMS 
  • Eight-Bar Blues 
  • Lonely Little Inn 
  • 16-Bar Blues 
  • Leafing Through the Pages 
  • CHAPTER 15: MINOR BLUES 
  • Relative minor 
  • Parallel minor 
  • 12-Bar Minor Blues 
  • The Pill Is Wrong 
  • CHAPTER 16: EXTENDED, ALTERED, AND AUGMENTED CHORDS 
  • Extended Chords 
  • Altered Chords 
  • Altered Dominant Chords 
  • Augmented Chords 
  • CHAPTER 17: BLUES STYLES 
  • Acoustic Blues 
  • Vacuum Cleaner Bag 
  • Electric Blues 
  • Crash Blues 
  • Funky Blues 
  • Funky Metamorphosis 
  • James Brown-Style Funk 
  • I Would If I Could 
  • Jazz Blues 
  • Jazz Cat Blues 
  • My Kinda Blues 
  • This Bird Has None 
  • Politically Correct 
  • I's a Blue Dog 
  • The Blues Is Everything 
  • Structure of a Jazz Performance 
  • PART 4: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES 
  • CHAPTER 18: GUITARISTIC TECHNIQUES 
  • Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs  
  • Bends 
  • Soloing and Improv 
  • Blues Bass Blues 
  • Double Stops and Chords 
  • Freddie's Greenery 
  • Shuff-a-Luff-a 
  • Tapping  
  • Tapping the Blues 
  • CHAPTER 19: READING GUITAR MUSIC 
  • Treble Clef 
  • Guitar TAB 
  • Mapping the Guitar Fretboard onto the Bass 
  • CHAPTER 20: FRETLESS BASS 
  • Slides 
  • Vibrato  
  • Sing It Suzy! 
  • Conclusion 

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