Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Bass Guitar books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Bass Guitar For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (For Dummies Series) (2014)
- Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom (2015)
- Bass Guitar Primer Book for Beginners: with Online Video & Audio Access (2018)
- Creative Bass Technique Exercises: 70 Melodic Exercises to Develop Great Feel & Technique on Bass Guitar (Play Bass Guitar) (2019)
- How to Play the Bass: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Basics of the Bass, Reading Music, and Playing Songs with Audio Recordings (2019)
- Teach Yourself to Play Bass: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners (2015)
- Walking Bass for Jazz and Blues: The Complete Walking Bass Method (2016)
- Martin Taylor Walking Bass For Jazz Guitar: Learn to Masterfully Combine Jazz Chords with Walking Basslines (2018)
- Bass Technique Finger Gym: Build stamina, coordination, dexterity and speed with essential bass exercises (2018)
- First 50 Songs You Should Play On Bass (2016)
- First 15 Lessons – Bass Guitar: A Beginner’s Guide, Featuring Step-By-Step Lessons with Audio, Video, and Popular Songs! (2018)
- Sight Reading Mastery for Bass Guitar (Sight Reading for Modern Instruments) (2014)
The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to the other musicians—you have more important work to do. You can find everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition. You’ll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kind of bass to buy and which accessories are necessary and which are just nice to have.
Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom (2015)
Note: To ensure to receive the latest version of this book buy from Amazon directly (not an Amazon marketplace seller).Music Theory for the Bass Player is a comprehensive and immediately applicable guide to making you a well-grounded groover, informed bandmate and all-around more creative musician. This is a workbook, so have your bass and a pen ready to fill out the engaging Test Your Understanding questions! This version is revised for typos and to add video flags.
Bass Guitar Primer Book for Beginners with Online Video & Audio Access by Bert Casey is the most complete and easy to understand beginning bass method available today. These beginner lessons cover correct left & right hand technique as well as parts of the bass, alternating bass notes, two beat, eighth notes, walking patterns, common rock & roll riffs, and complete discussion of theory as it applies to the bass.
Creative Bass Technique Exercises: 70 Melodic Exercises to Develop Great Feel & Technique on Bass Guitar (Play Bass Guitar) (2019)
No More Boring Bass Exercises!Session ace Dan Hawkins has recorded hundreds of sessions and knows what it takes to achieve flawless technique that stands up to the scrutiny of the studio. In he offers a set of technique-building workouts that will solve all common technical problems.Keep Your Bass Playing Fresh If you’re struggling with any of the above, then is for you.
How to Play the Bass: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Basics of the Bass, Reading Music, and Playing Songs with Audio Recordings (2019)
Learn everything you need to know about making music with this incredibly detailed and practical guide to mastering the bass guitar.The bass guitar is a completely underrated musical instrument but it serves an extremely important function. It gives music heart and depth.
(Bass Instruction). Do you want to learn how to play the bass guitar quickly, but don’t read music or have little to no musical experience? If so, this book is for you! Instead of standard music notation, this method uses tablature combined with rhythmic symbols to make learning fast and easy!
A Walking Bass Method for BeginnersDiscover a Complete Method to Learn Jazz and Blues Walking Bass Have you tried playing walking bass lines but keep finding them not quite right?Do you find yourself thinking so much about note choice that you can’t get in the groove of the music?Do you dream of playing bass lines like legendary bassists like Ron Carter, Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers or Jaco?Walking Bass for Jazz and Blues is a complete method to help beginners master each element of Blues…
Martin Taylor Walking Bass For Jazz Guitar: Learn to Masterfully Combine Jazz Chords with Walking Basslines (2018)
Combine Walking Basslines and Jazz Guitar Chords, with Martin Taylor MBEWalking Bass for Jazz Guitar distils over 40 years of virtuosity and skill into one beautiful jazz guitar book.
Bass Technique Finger Gym: Build stamina, coordination, dexterity and speed with essential bass exercises (2018)
Build and Master Essential Bass TechniqueThe Bass Technique Finger Gym is an instant ‘shot-in-the-arm’ for bass players of any level. It focuses on building a solid foundation of clean, usable, musical skills.Important, Effective ExercisesEach exercise is individually targeted to a common bass technique problem.
(Bass). If you’re new to the bass, you are probably eager to learn some songs. This book provides easy arrangements in tab with lyrics for the most popular songs bassists want to play.
First 15 Lessons – Bass Guitar: A Beginner’s Guide, Featuring Step-By-Step Lessons with Audio, Video, and Popular Songs! (2018)
(Guitar Educational). The First 15 Lessons series provides a step-by-step lesson plan for the absolute beginner, complete with audio tracks, video lessons, and real songs! Designed for self-teaching or for use with an instructor, you’ll build a solid foundation as you work through each lesson, learning the basics of the instrument and music reading while practicing the many exercises, concepts and song excerpts within.
104 pages of limitless sight reading exercisesEfficient, detailed lessons on how to read music the right wayExtensive rhythm reading sectionOver 2 hours of audio to download for freeIn a modern world where we have instant access to guitar tablature, YouTube videos, slowdown software, lesson apps and midi, what is the value in