John Goldsby's Upright Bass book: Technique and Tradition
This is another good book for aspiring Jazz bassists and offers a unique historical approach to playing. John Goldsby's Technique and Tradition highlights the significant contributions that have been made by some of the greatest bass players both past and present. And that with the combinations of all these individuals, help make up a core tradition of what we do.
He highlights individual "giants" like, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Jimmy Blanton, Rufus Reid and on and on...probably at least another 50 players. John highlights these players by showing individual transcriptions and examples of the particular player's standout style contributions.
Then John makes his own contribution on how he approaches walking bass lines and solos on standard chord progressions. He writes etudes based on the chord changes of the most standard tunes and has chapters on thumb positioning, bowing techniques, transcribing etc... It also includes a nice cd that has lots of playing examples and play alongs. (The bass is in one channel so you can turn that off and play his etudes and practice soloing and walking with the recordings). This is one of the best upright bass books out there!
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