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Note Reading Studies for Bass

By Arnold Evans

Electric bass guitar - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Arnold Evans. Saddle-stitched, Technic. All Styles. Book. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95297).

Item Number: MB.95297

ISBN 9780786602476. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book was written for bassists who wish to learn to read music as well as for those who wish to sharpen their music reading skills. The studies in the book progress from beginning to professional levels and represent an variety of styles that modern bassists are likely to encounter in real-world musical situations. For those conversant in music's universal language, a whole world of musical styles, ideas, and sounds is always available. This book aims to sharpen the skills of serious student bass players so that they may partake of this endless stream of ideas, information, and inspiration. Standard notation only. None of the exercises in this book contain fingering indications. This omission was made in order to make these exercises useful to players of all types of bass instruments, both electric and acoustic. The author strongly recommends that students work through this book with the supervision of a qualified teacher. If you are a professional musician the author hopes this book will help you stay in top sight-reading form, giving you an edge in a highly competitive market. If you are a novice bassist, this book will help you hone your skills in becoming a skilled professional.

  • About the Author 
  • Introduction 
  • Simple Rhythms 
  • Rests 
  • Etudes 
  • Keys and Key Signatures 
  • Etudes Using Simple Key Signatures 
  • How To Determine the Key of a Piece  
  • How To Read the Key Signature 
  • Relative Minor Keys 
  • Eighth Notes 
  • Accidentals 
  • Ties 
  • Triplets 
  • Sixteenth-Note Rhythms 
  • Swing Feel 
  • Articulation 
  • Legato and Staccato  
  • Accents  
  • Slurs  
  • Glissando 
  • More Time Signatures 
  • Low "B" Studies 
  • Advanced Reading Studies 
  • Dynamic Markings 
  • Crescendo/Decresendo 
  • Double-Dotted Notes 
  • Afterword 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Austin, TX
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2007-03-12 00:00:00.0 An Absolute Must For Bassists

    I made this purchase after going through an older edition of Mel Bay's guitar method books. I was curious about the inventory and I found this. I learned how to read music and sight read. It is made so you can start from square one and advance at your...

    own pace. This book has been a great start for me and the knowledge has helped me with other learning materials and has started a positive cycle. This book is fundamental and essential for those who want to become better at the bass. I'm even confident enough to say that Mel Bay has excellent learning materials in general and I am a frequent buyer.

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  • 4

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  • 2001-03-14 00:00:00.0 Good note reading book.

    Good for people wanting to learn how to read notes for bass. Also some material for the more advanced people who want to freshen up on their knowledge.

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