The Jazz Bass Book Technique and Tradition By John Goldsby (Foreword by Ron Carter) Goldsby is a respected bass player and Bass Player Magazine. Read “The Jazz Bass Book Technique and Tradition” by John Goldsby with Rakuten Kobo. (Book). More than a player’s manual, this book. (Book). More than a player’s manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the.

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The Jazz Bass Book

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? More than a player’s manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others.

Bassists get expert guidance on mastering proper technique, practice methods and improvisation, plus new insight into the theoretical and conceptual aspects of jazz. Mazz companion online audio features bass plus rhythm section which allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fast versions.

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This book is essentially an annotated and expanded collection of columns originally published in Bass Player magazine. As such, it’s more of a disconnected set of essays than a narrative; the discussion of significant bass players is somewhat spotty, and doesn’t go into great detail on their music and style in the way that for example” Todd Coolman’s “The Bass Tradition” does.


But it’s bads both entertaining and educational. The chapters, being mostly self-contained, can be read at random as the reader’s interest dictates. The first section of the book is primarily short snapshots of significant bassists, each being composed of a short biography accompanied by brief musical examples.

The latter section- almost an appendix- consists of longer examples of styles and techniques. It’s not really a method book, but it does offer some insight into styles and harmonic and rhythmic concepts for the beginning or intermediate jazz bassists. The accompanying CD helps illustrate the musical examples for those whose reading and playing technique are at a booo basic stage. All in all, a very entertaining and useful book for jazz bassists of all abilities, and an excellent choice for bedside reading.

I’ll chime in with the previous review. Joyn loose collection of essays with helpful information for aspiring jazz bassists. The biographical information is almost incidental and a getting a bit dated. Joohn there are some rather unnecssary editorial essays at the end telling us what it means jazzz be a good bass player.

But those are just quibbles.

The musical examples and appended information are what make the book worthwhile. I wouldn’t want this to be my primary source for learning jazz bass, but it’s fun browse, a useful reference and a good book to learn some new lines and pick up some basic tips. It’s a book to mine for ideas. And don’t walk away from this one because you play electric.

In fact, the information presented and the perspective this book takes makes this valuable for the electric bass player. Oh and by the way, no tab on the printed music. A good thing IMHO. Read the music, stay off the crutch. The material out there is really pretty thin or maybe I’m just never satisfied golddsby my chronic case of G.

John Goldby’s Jazz Bass Handbook is the best source for jazz theory and an excellent resource for the history of jazz as well.

After all, most of the songs we practice and perform on today have their beginnings in jazz and blues from the founding fathers. I have gained so much respect and awe for these pioneers of jazz and the blues, and this book is by far the best jazz compendium on the musical market today.

I hope someone produces a blues compendium as concise and full of examples as this book does. The CD is also excellent, although Glodsby wish it carried all the examples in the book. But that make me work even harder to, as one of the forefathers of jazz offers in the book, “to imitate, assimilate, and innovate. A higest must have from HighSierraBassPlayer! The format of self-contained essays makes the book great for browsing.


Someone just getting to know the jazz bass will be hearing a lot of names listed as important bass players and seeing their names on liner notesand you can find a nice summary of the context and contribution of each of these guys in this book. The parts in the book about actually playing make it a good companion to a more methodical bass method book, with golssby of great players’ solos as well as more exercise-oriented pieces developed by Goldsby to help your technique.

This is a great book- I am a middle school band director who plays some bass, but starts many bass players and I know they will benefit from reading about the famous players covered in this well-written book!

I found this book to be a very well put together collection of what seems to be magazine arcticles and short biographies. If you ever looked at the back of your jazz CDs and wondered who those bass players were, this book will be a nice read. It has a short biography of the most important jazz bass obok, with some short transcriptions of their style. It has also some interesting arcticles on technique, exercices, theory and bass playing in general.

The CD is jphn done, it has some examples and some songs. I don’t think this book will teach anyone to play bass and I don’t think that’s the book’s intention anyway, but it will broaden your horizons. This book made me a more well informed player, helped me to put the music I play into context and gave me lots of food for thought. One person found this helpful. I’ll make this short and sweet See all 24 basd. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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