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Bass Improvisation

The Complete Guide to Soloing

By Ed Friedland

The Complete Guide to Soloing. Bass Builders. Improvisation, Technique and Play Along. Softcover book and examples/accompaniment CD. With standard notation, instructional text and introductory text. 52 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.695164).

Item Number: HL.695164

ISBN 0793579953. 9x12 inches.

This book/CD pack is designed to help players master the art of improvisation. The CD includes over 50 tracks for demonstration and play-along. The book works with electric or acoustic bass and covers: modes, harmonic minor, melodic minor, blues, pentatonics, diminished, whole tone, Lydian b7, Mixolydian b13, and other important scales; phrasing, chord scale concepts, melodic development, guide tones, and resolutions; plus how to use your ear & practice tunes.

About Hal Leonard Bass Builders

Bass Builders is a series of technique book/audio packages created for the purposeful building and development of your chops. Each volume is written by an expert in that particular technique. And with the inclusion of audio - either CD or cassette - the added dimension of hearing exactly how to play particular grooves and techniques makes this truly like a private lesson.

  • Preface 
  • Using the CD 
  • Tell Your Story 
  • Suggested Listening 
  • Raw Stuff 
  • More Raw Stuff 
  • Ears 
  • Playing The Blues 
  • Phrasing 
  • The Chord/Scale Concept 
  • Getting Vertical  
  • Harmony Grids 
  • Peeling Off The Layers 
  • Minor Harmony 
  • Internal Melodies 
  • Cellar By Flashlight 
  • Bebop 
  • Sing For Your Supper 
  • Practice Tunes 
  • Bull, A Lie Of Lird Band 
  • Eat A Melatonin 
  • Blase 
  • In Closing 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 4

    Mats Dagerlind
    Stockholm, Sweden
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  • 2010-01-11 00:00:00.0 For advanced players who reads standard notation

    Ed Friedland is an accomplished player in most styles and this book deals with rather complicated jazz soloing and theory, at least from a rock players point of view. You can learn a great deal from this book, but you need to put your back into it. I would have...

    given the book 5 stars had it not been for the omission of TAB. Standard notation may be fine for educated players, but most of us regular guys read TAB a lot better, and on a fretted instrument TAB eliminates the work of determining the smartest en most ergonomic way to lay out the lines on the fretboard. There are also a few longer solos that are not written out at all. I realize transcribing them would have meant extra work, but as a student you would have had a lot more to work with for a longer period of time. If you have a really good ear you can lift these solos from listening to the CD, but if you don't you will regard this omission as a minus.

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