This book - a follow up of sorts to Bass Lessons With The Greats (which Ive also reviewed) is written by GlennLetsch. It features short master classes with bass players Mike Chapman, Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, Rocco Prestia and upright bass player (and no relation:) Ben Wolfe. For those of you on your journey learning how to play bass heres a more detailed review of each of the masterclasses in this book.
This lesson is hosted by Glenn Letsch - and is a transcription of Jacos solo on a tune called All AmericanAlien Boy by The Ian Hunter Band. The transcription is also accompanied by a detailed analysis, and some of the historical background of how the tune came to berecorded. If Jaco is someone you study, this lesson will be right up your bass playing street.
Larry Graham is the father of slap bass - so its no surprise that this lesson focuses on slap bass. There are someexamples of Larry Graham bass lines including It Aint NoFun, I Believe In You (two different sections), If You WantMe To Stay, Got To Go Through It, Dance To The Music, anda power ballad example with a flanger, an octave dividerexample, Thank You, Pow, Can You Handle That, Higher, a train groove, and Release Yourself.
This lesson is aimed at intermediate and advanced players - there are some serious grooves to cop in this lesson.
Ben Wolfe is an upright bass player - and his lesson looks at some ways of developing walking bass lines. He startsoff with playing in 2 in both scalar and triadic fashion andthen proceeds to chromatic approaches. Then he moves to a more traditional 4 beats to the bar walking approach and discusses some ways of expanding your walking
Mike Chapman is a Nashville Session Master - and hislesson talks about the bass requirements for players in the Nashville scene. This ranges from an explanation of the Nashville style Number Chart to comprehensive set of examples of specific playing situations ranging from country waltzes to western swing to zydeco to 8th notes and more. All the examples can be heard on the accompanying CD.
This is a finger style funk lesson. The lesson looks atspecific Rocco riffs and patterns, notably Believe It, MissTrouble, Mr Toads Wild Ride, Squib Cakes, This Time Its Real, Get Your Feet Back On The Ground, Youre Still AYoung Man, Down To The Nightclub and Credit. All these examples can be heard on the accompanying CD.
Like Glenns other book - Bass Lessons With The Greats - this book is also out of print. Although it is not as good as Bass Lessons With The Greats it still has lots of useful information in. My recommendation is that you set up alerts at Internet sites and when a second hand versioncomes up for sale that you grab a copy. You wont regret it.