Music Instruction Books


The Hal Leonard Bass Method
Complete Edition

After an exhaustive search for first-class bass instruction books, we finally found a series that really covers all the basses (pun intended):  The Hal Leonard Bass method by Ed Friedland.

This bass method is a three part series, available as a set (pictured right) or separately (below).  

Each book has a play-along CD that helps you learn to play rock, blues, new country and jazz.    There is also an easy Pop Basslines Book (available separately) providing play-along songs of some of the biggest hits in modern music.  A professional band backs you up, and a saxophone plays the vocal line.

The Hal Leonard Method Complete Edition

In the words of the publisher:
"The Hal Leonard Bass Method is designed for anyone just learning to play electric bass. It is based on years of teaching bass students of all ages and it also reflects some of the best bass teaching ideas from around the world."

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Book 1

The first book assumes you know nothing about playing electric bass.  It starts you off learning good habits such as how to tune and hold the bass, fingering positions, how to read music, and how to play a variety of styles from rock, blues, new country and jazz.

Easy Pop Bass Lines

(a companion to the Hal Leonard Bass Method Book One)

This is where it gets really fun.  Each bass method book has its own supplemental book of 20 complete play-along songs of all-time great hits, ranging from the Beatles to Garth Brooks.

Book 2

Book 2 introduces how to read tablature, scales, major and minor chords, triads, and helps you learn more advanced songs. 


More Easy Pop Bass Lines

Here is another 20 songs with lots to choose from.  They are matched to the level taught in Book 2 of the Hal Leonard Bass method, and keep you motivated to keep learning, providing note-by-note guidance in how to play some of the world's greatest hits with a professional band.

Book 3

Book 3 teaches more great songs, riffs, and examples, sixteenth notes, playing off chord symbols, slap and pop, hammer ons and pull offs, playing different styles and grooves, and more.

Even More Easy Pop Bass Lines

This companion to Book 3 contains another 20 hits that match the level of book 3.  After you're finished cooking with these tunes, you should be able to play very well in a band, in any style you choose!

Building Walking Bass Lines

This is a great book for learning to play jazz bass.  You need to have finished Book 1 of the Hal Leonard Bass method to use this book however, as it assumes you already know how to read notes.  It uses no tab.

If you work through this entire book, you'll find yourself able to create basslines when all you have is the chords to the song in front of you.

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