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32 pages

Scales for Strings, Bk 1: Bass

Creator: Samuel Applebaum | Music - 1985-03-01

The series is available in two levels for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano accompaniment. A teacher's manual is available as well.

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing

About this book
Scales for Strings is to be used as supplementary material for any string class method or as interesting training material for the development of a string orchestra. The series is available in two levels for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano accompaniment. A teacher's manual is available as well.



256 pages

The Bass Handbook

Creator: Adrian Ashton | Music - 2006

Try a restring with a set of nickel bass strings followed by a restring with a set of stainless steel bass strings if you want to hear how each material works on your set-up. Remember, you can tailor the sound of your bass massively with a change ...

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

About this book
This indispensable handbook helps players of all levels produce better, more creative, and more varied bass lines. Divided into two sections - Playing Your Bass and Knowing Your Bass - it covers everything from tuning, reading music, scales and chords, and advanced techniques to tips on buying and upgrading a budget bass and troubleshooting. Along with a list of suggested listening and reference guide, this book provides an unrivalled digest of bass information that might otherwise take an entire career to amass. It begins with a 'Basics' section that assumes nothing about your ability. 'Scales and Chords' shows you how to add other notes to your bass lines and includes exercises to extend musical knowledge and train your ear. It develops your understanding of the links between chords and scales, helping you to play from a chord chart or to improvise when required. Most of the ideas and techniques can be achieved without reading music at all, although the information is there for those who can. The 'Reading music' section develops an intuitive approach using pattern recognition rather than the usual mechanical (counting) method, and introduces a skill that may eventually become important to your professional career. Advanced techniques includes harmonics and fretless bass.



32 pages

Scales for Strings, Bk 2: Bass

Creator: Samuel Applebaum | Music - 1985-03-01

The series is available in two levels for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano accompaniment. A teacher's manual is available as well.

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing

About this book
Scales for Strings is to be used as supplementary material for any string class method or as interesting training material for the development of a string orchestra. The series is available in two levels for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano accompaniment. A teacher's manual is available as well.


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  • Ernie Ball Music Man

    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .050 - .105

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)

    Rating (352 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Ernie Ball Music Man

    Love these strings. Great price, great tone, and long lasting.

    First off, I want to say that I am a finger player, I play in tunings from E standard to B standard but D standard mostly. I do not use a pick (may matter to the pick players considering these strings) and I have been playing bass for about 8 or 9 years and have tried a great variety of strings out there. D'addarios, GHS, DR, Rotosound, Dean Markley, so on and so forth. When I first started playing bass I wanted to try out a lot of strings just to find the perfect sound for me. I am a metal bass player mainly. I also play classic rock, blues, whatever. ANYWAYS, I recently bought a Schecter Stilleto Studio 5 bass. It came loaded with regular slinkys and I was super impressed. Before then I was a DR guy. They had awesome tone but didn't last as long as I needed. So I bought another pair of regular slinkys. Then I was starting to realize I wasn't getting a punchy high end on the regs. Also the "E" string was just a tad too.. I guess loose would be the word. You would think that... 5/5 MMADD - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ernie Ball 5-String Power Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .050 - .135 (Electronics) First off, I want to say that I am a finger player, I play in tunings from E standard to B standard but D standard mostly. I do not use a pick (may matter to the pick players considering these strings) and I have been playing bass for about 8 or 9 years and have tried a great variety of strings out there. D'addarios, GHS, DR, Rotosound, Dean Markley, so on and so forth. When I first started playing bass I wanted to try out a lot of strings just to find the perfect sound for me. I am a metal bass player mainly. I also play classic rock, blues, whatever. ANYWAYS, I recently bought a Schecter Stilleto Studio 5 bass. It came loaded with regular slinkys and I was super impressed. Before then I was a DR guy. They had awesome tone but didn't last as long as I needed. So I bought another pair of regular slinkys. Then I was starting to realize I wasn't getting a punchy high end on the regs. Also the "E" string was just a tad too.. I guess loose would be the word. You would think that... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 27, 2012

    Simply the Best

    5/5 RoyStereo - See all my reviews This review is from: Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .045 - .105 (Electronics) As i titled my review, this string set is as good as the expensive ones, plus it has that particular punchy, fat, clear sound that everyone loves. I am not only a bass player but also a string dealer. Because of this I had the opportunity to test a wide range of brands, materials, gauges, etc. Ernie ball have something that the other ones don't. Give you the opportunity to check it! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 7, 2010

    Better than factory strings

    5/5 The Penguin (California, Dude) - See all my reviews This review is from: Ernie Ball Super Slinky Nickel Round Wound Bass Set, .045 - .100 (Electronics) I put a set of these on a cheap Chinese bass. Wow, what a difference over the factory strings! These are great! The same Ernie Ball quality I expected after using Super Slinky guitar strings for over 30 years. These Rock! Made in USA too!!! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 29, 2009
    Most popular bass string alloy
    Good all around sound
    Well balanced


  • D'Addario &Co. Inc

    D'Addario EXL160 Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Medium, 50-105, Long Scale

    Musical Instruments (D'Addario &Co. Inc)

    String Gauges: Wound .050, .070, .085, .105
    Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
    Round wound with nickelplated steel for a distinctive bright tone with clear fundamentals and booming, tight low end
    Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
    D'Addario's top-selling heavy gauge bass set


  • RotoSound

    Rotosound RS66LF Swing Bass 66 Stainless Steel Bass Guitar Strings (45 65 85 105)

    Musical Instruments (RotoSound)

    Rating (45 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    RotoSound

    Second to None, Best of the Best

    Short version: These strings are incredible. Why haven't you bought them yet?Long version:Oh my goodness, wow. I absolutely love these strings. I even love how they have red cloth wrapping on the end of the string up by the headstock. The tone of these strings? To die for. These are the best bass strings I have ever used.Tone:Some words to describe the tone are as follows: biting, growling, aggressive, articulate, and bright. These strings were made for players who want to be heard, who want to cut through the mix. These strings have great low end, but that's not the impressive part. What's so impressive about these strings is that when a note is played, the combination of midrange and high harmonics give the tone a metallic, almost piano-like quality. Good for slap bass? Goodness yes.Versatility:These strings may be bright and audacious, but they can also be tamed by simply turning down the tone knob... 5/5 Adam Hilliard - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Rotosound RS66LF Swing Bass 66 Stainless Steel Bass Guitar Strings (45 65 85 105) (Electronics) Short version: These strings are incredible. Why haven't you bought them yet?Long version:Oh my goodness, wow. I absolutely love these strings. I even love how they have red cloth wrapping on the end of the string up by the headstock. The tone of these strings? To die for. These are the best bass strings I have ever used.Tone:Some words to describe the tone are as follows: biting, growling, aggressive, articulate, and bright. These strings were made for players who want to be heard, who want to cut through the mix. These strings have great low end, but that's not the impressive part. What's so impressive about these strings is that when a note is played, the combination of midrange and high harmonics give the tone a metallic, almost piano-like quality. Good for slap bass? Goodness yes.Versatility:These strings may be bright and audacious, but they can also be tamed by simply turning down the tone knob... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 6, 2013

    Sounds like an angry German Shepherd playing a piano - and that's a good thing.

    If you:- Are in a rock band that plays live shows- Want to be heard just as prominently as your guitar player with a half-dozen gain pedals and pre-amp on 11- Confident in your playing, and are not afraid of your audience hearing every single note, clear as a bell, good or bad- Already have callouses or are not afraid to build them- Feel no guilt when effectively punching everyone in the audience in the chest constantly throughout a set through your instrument...then these are the strings for you.If you are a serious bass player, then you should know that these really don't need an introduction (you know the pros that play(ed) them, such as Squire and Entwhistle who were not afraid to cut through the mix). If you haven't tried them at least once, you should, especially considering the competitive price (I'm really surprised that they don't cost quite a bit more, considering their quality, popularity, and the vast list of... 5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Rotosound RS66LF Swing Bass 66 Stainless Steel Bass Guitar Strings (45 65 85 105) (Electronics) If you:- Are in a rock band that plays live shows- Want to be heard just as prominently as your guitar player with a half-dozen gain pedals and pre-amp on 11- Confident in your playing, and are not afraid of your audience hearing every single note, clear as a bell, good or bad- Already have callouses or are not afraid to build them- Feel no guilt when effectively punching everyone in the audience in the chest constantly throughout a set through your instrument...then these are the strings for you.If you are a serious bass player, then you should know that these really don't need an introduction (you know the pros that play(ed) them, such as Squire and Entwhistle who were not afraid to cut through the mix). If you haven't tried them at least once, you should, especially considering the competitive price (I'm really surprised that they don't cost quite a bit more, considering their quality, popularity, and the vast list of... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 16, 2016

    Bingo - We have a winner

    5/5 Amazon Customer (Athens, AL United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Rotosound RS66LF Swing Bass 66 Stainless Steel Bass Guitar Strings (45 65 85 105) (Electronics) I'm just a rank amateur and an old geezer, but I've been looking for the right string to give me that traditional P bass tone, not too muddy or too bright. I've played flat wound strings for years, but lately my ears have heard their tone as muddy and when I tried turning my tone up on either the guitar or amp to get more clarity the G string would ring too bright, even when using foam at my bridge. So after reading reviews I decided to give these a try. Perfect tone and balance on all strings. After playing flats for so long I'm having to be more disciplined to avoid string squeak, but that's actually a good thing and my playing and technique have improved as a result. Getting the tone I want is certainly worth the effort. My old bass guitar never sounded better.Trying different strings to get the tone you want is far cheaper than buying a new bass. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 13, 2014


  • DR Music

    DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties - Extra-Life, Black-Coated

    Musical Instruments (DR Music)

    Gauge: Medium
    Signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings
    Extended string life
    Super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire
    Hand-made with black polymer coat


  • DR Strings

    DR Strings NMCB-45 DR NEON 4 Bass Guitar String, Medium, Multi-Color

    Musical Instruments (DR Strings)

    4 String, 4 different colors
    45 65 85 105
    Features NEON K3 Coating for volume, clarity and durability
    DR NEON Multi-Color Strings makes learning bass guitar fast, easy and fun


  • GHS

    GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings

    Musical Instruments (GHS)

    Rating (17 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    GHS

    great funk strings

    4/5 cushman - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings (Electronics) These are some really great strings if you like playig funk or you just want to sound like Flea. They're great for the lows and sound clear even if you tune them real low. I wouldn't recommend them for someone who plays jazz or R and B or any type of music where the bass is so far in the background you're not sure if its there. They have a bright sound especially when your slapping them so they tend to stand out even in the middle of a full band. Use them wisely. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 18, 2007

    GHS Flea Signature Bass Strings.

    5/5 Hazzard - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings (Electronics) One of the best bass strings I ever used apart from my favorite choice DR Sunbeam. Smooth on the fingers and it give clear notes & sound when playing it.GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 16, 2012

    Play great, but don't last.

    4/5 Jakaka93 - See all my reviews This review is from: GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings (Electronics) I love the way these strings play. They are the brightest and poppiest that I've tried so far on my shecter elite 4. The only downside is they don't last, I went through two sets within 5 months. I play in a band and do a good amount of slapping. Both times the d string snapped on me. I'm going back to d'addarios medium gauge, they don't sound or play as great but I know they last longer than 2 months. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 31, 2014


  • Ernie Ball Music Man

    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set, .010 - .046

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)

    Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
    Recipes and Popular gauges created by industry icon Ernie Ball
    Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.
    Played By Legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more...



  • Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

    Fender 9050 Stainless Flatwound Bass Strings

    Musical Instruments (Fender Musical Instruments Corp.)

    Rating (219 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

    Not what you think but still nice

    4/5 B. Warrell (South Bend, IN) - See all my reviews, April 11, 2012

    Great strings Great Price!

    5/5 Kishore Mukherjee - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fender 9050 Stainless Flatwound Bass Strings (Electronics) I absolutely love these strings. I'm used to playing higher tension strings and these fit the bill perfectly. They have a great full sound and after breaking them in after a couple weeks of playing they give a really good classic P bass sound. Its not for people who want the modern brighter sound but for the classic 50s 60s and 70s sound these are great! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 22, 2013

    Great strings

    5/5 Scott - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fender 9050 Stainless Flatwound Bass Strings (Electronics) I have a 30 year old epiphone accubass that I love to play. Flat wound has always been my favorite because I can slide up and down the strings and get that "WOW" sound without the string noise. I always felt that the bright sound loss from flats could be compensated with the amp. These Fender strings are the brightest flats I have used and the sustain is much longer. For the "round wound" fans that want the "flats" ease to play TRY THESE. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 9, 2014
    Today, manyplayers use stainless steel flatwound 9050's to add adifferent character to their tonal palette.
    by the way, the stainless steel construction also givesyou longer life, and the flatwound construction reducesfinger noise.
    Fender stainless steel flatwound 9050's are anexcellent choice for jazz, country, r & b and reggae.
    from smoky jazzclubs to r&b venues, from reggae parties to countrymusic halls, 9050's have you covered.
    The first electric basses were made byFender, andthose basses came with flatwound strings.


  • W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

    Elixir Strings Nickel Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings w NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105)

    Musical Instruments (W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.)

    Long Scale, Light/Medium gauge: .045 .065 .085 .105
    Electric bass guitar strings constructed with nickel-plated steel wrap wire
    Our patented coating technology protects against common corrosion, extending tone life longer than any other brand's coated or uncoated strings (Elixir Strings player survey)
    Ultra-thin NANOWEB Coating, redesigned specifically for bass guitars, provides a smooth, natural feel that also enhances grip
    Played for a rich, rounded tone with incredible clarity and a heavy mid-range presence


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