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Essential Music Theory For Electric bass is intended for the following types of players:


  1. "Pattern" bassists who want to fully understand the musical structure behind what they are playing
    Knowing the musical structure of a bass line can help bassists transfer and adapt ideas to other playing situations.
  2. Bassists who wish to speak the musical language and communicate with other musicians.
    Avoid being intimidated in a musical conversation just because you don't know the terminology!
  3. Bassists who prefer to see diagrams and notations of theory concepts presented in a logical way, applied specifically to electric bass.
    Each example is presented in almost every conceivable way, yet it is still easy to read.
  4. Bassists who want to think of music in a bassist's frame of mind and actually picture theory concepts on the neck of their instrument.
    Every player thinks of musical concepts using their own frame of reference. Piano players visualize keys, guitarists see fretboards. A true bassist can also see music on the bass.
  5. Bassists seeking a music theory reference guide intended for their instrument.
    Want to find the interval structure of a major triad or augmented seventh chord? It is there at a glance.
  6. Beginning bassists looking for a logical and practical way to approach and apply music theory to their instrument.
    All concepts (intervals, scales, chords, and chord formulas) are laid out in a logical order and tied together at the end to form a useful system for hearing and playing music on the bass.
  7. Intermediate, professional, and college degreed players that need a music theory refresher.
    The chapter content will quickly refresh your memory; the review will solidify understanding.
  8. Players who are seeking to demystify the buzzword connotation of the term "music theory."
    The term "music theory" will often divide a group of musicians to opposite sides of a room. In fact, every player, whether they know the music theory behind their playing or not, uses the theory concepts shown in this book. Why spend years picking up a little bit at a time when it is presented logically in one book?
  9. Bassists who wish to get "out of a rut" or "over the hump."
    The exercises are designed to make the reader think in ways they normally would not on their own.
  10. Bassists who want to increase their awareness of how theory is used in jazz, rock, blues, country, R&B, funk, classical, and punk.
    All of the previously mentioned styles may be broken down theoretically. Understanding theory structure builds confidence, which builds better bass lines.
  11. Bass instructors who would like a logically arranged text for music theory applied to the electric bass.
    The chapter content is a great launching point for discussion with your students. Worksheets may be assigned in advance of the next lesson, and the amount of homework may be easily broken into parts for students of differing learning ability. This book could easily supplement 20 or more half hour lessons.

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