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Bass Performance 101
Bass Performance 101
Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles.

Rock Bass
Rock Bass
Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.

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A Guide to Jazz Improvisation: Bass Clef Instruments

by John LaPorta
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A book that needs no introduction to those in the jazz world, John LaPorta's A Guide to Jazz Improvisation has helped countless musicians in developing a natural and intuitive approach to improvising. A teacher of jazz improvisation for over fifty years, LaPorta's unique, straight-forward, and simple approach has become the standard by which other jazz improvisation methods are measured. This book is an invaluable touchstone for every aspiring jazz musician.

About the Author

John LaPorta, professor emeritus at Berklee College of Music, has composed, arranged, performed, and recorded with such jazz greats as Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie, Woody Herman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Herb Pomeroy, Lester Young, and many others. LaPorta has also performed with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.


"I've had nothing but good experience with the published materials from Berklee Press. Their books on walking bass are classics. These are the books their instructors write and use. They emphasize solid musicianship, not flash. It's really hard to go wrong with these books if you apply yourself to learning what's in them."

Matthew Brown,

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