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Soul Fingers

The Music & Life of Legendary Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn

By Nick Rosaci

Book/Online Audio Bass
The Music & Life of Legendary Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn. Bass. Biography/Composers & Musicians, Rock Reference. Softcover Audio Online. With guitar tablature. 210 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.154326).

Item Number: HL.154326

ISBN 9781495052927. 9.0x12.0x0.556 inches.

Foreword by Dan Aykroyd (a.k.a. Elwood Blues) As the legendary bassist for the famous Stax-Volt studios in Memphis, and as one of the most influential bass players in the history of American music, Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012) laid down the booty-shaking foundations to countless soul, R&B, blues, and rock recordings throughout the 1960s and '70s, providing the essential grooves for generations of listeners. Duck worked with some of the biggest artists, musicians, and songwriters of the day, including Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and many more. And later, as a member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's riotous Blues Brothers, Duck helped revitalize these genres via his epic bass lines and role in the hit movie. But his unparalleled 50-year career was just getting started. He went on to record and perform with the likes of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, CSNY, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, until his passing in 2012. Now, in this exclusive, one-of-a-kind book, Duck's life and music are presented in full detail, with rare photos, stories, over an hour of audio demonstrations and play-alongs, gear info, and authentic, note-for-note transcriptions of nearly 60 iconic bass lines. Written by bassist and researcher Nick Rosaci, with help from Duck's family, friends, and music compatriots, this book presents a piece of history that documents not only the triumphs and tragedies of Duck's amazing life, but also uncovers the magic behind the "soul fingers" that plucked a thousand timeless grooves.

  • But It's Alright 
  • Ain't Going Down 
  • If 
  • Last Night 
  • Mr. Pitiful 
  • Walking Through The Park 
  • Mean Disposition 
  • She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride 
  • Hold On I'm Comin' 
  • These Arms Of Mine 
  • B-A-B-Y 
  • Who's Making Love 
  • Respect 
  • Soul Finger 
  • Time Is Tight 
  • Wrap It Up 
  • You Don't Know Like I Know 
  • Rubber Biscuit 
  • Boom Boom 
  • Born Under A Bad Sign 
  • Hip Hug Her 
  • Heart Of Mine 
  • You Don't Miss Your Water 
  • Knock On Wood 
  • I Thank You 
  • Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do) 
  • Hometown Blues 
  • Let Me Be Good To You 
  • You Tell Me 
  • Groovin' 
  • I Got Everything I Need 
  • Crosscut Saw 
  • You Gonna Need Me 
  • Hang 'Em High 
  • 634-5789 
  • Grab This Thing 
  • It's Not The Spotlight 
  • Stand And Be Counted 
  • Girl Of Mine 
  • Born To Be A Loser 
  • My Barracuda 
  • Gimme Some Lovin' 
  • I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me) 
  • I Ain't Got You 
  • I Can't Turn You Loose 
  • In The Midnight Hour 
  • Key To The Highway 
  • Shake Your Tail Feathers 
  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay 
  • Soul Man 
  • Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 
  • Sweet Home Chicago 
  • Woman To Woman 
  • A Woman In Love: It's Not Me 
  • Ain't No Sunshine 
  • Funky Broadway 
  • Sugar Sweet 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Melbourne, Australia
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  • February 21, 2018 Soul Fingers

    Brilliant book which is highly beneficial to bassists of all levels and experience. I've played for over 30 years. As for difficulty level I've ticked advanced; the reason being that there are those that can play sure but being able to interpret a song and really groove comes...

    with experience. This will undoubtedly help fast track your development. I love the biographical chapters at the beginning of the book which provide context around how Donald Duck Dunn's playing style evolved. For beginning players, particularly those into the blues, soul and rock it is a brilliant teaching tool. I am in no doubt it will fast track your development as a bassist first and foremost. These days bassists need reminding that in many ways less is more. When talking of the greatest players of all time that conversation must include Duck Dunn.

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