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Bass Guitar For Dummies

Creator: Patrick Pfeiffer | Music - 2011-05-23

You can try doing these exercises on any area of the neck of the bass. On the CD , the exercises start on low G (with the ... Muting the strings When you play, you may find that some strings vibrate even though you didn't strike them.

Publisher: For Dummies

About this book
Shake the earth with deep, sonorous vibrations. Be the force that relentlessly drives the music. Rumble like the ominous thunder of an approaching storm. For you, it's not enough just to be heard; you need to be "felt," too. You need to play bass guitar.Imagine your favorite music without bass. It doesn't work, does it? The bass is the heartbeat of the music, the foundation of the groove, and the glue that holds together all the different instruments. You can feel the vibrations of the low notes - sometimes subtle and caressing, sometimes literally earthshaking - as they propel the song. The bass is the heart. So leave center stage to the other musicians - you have more important work to do. The limelight may be cool, but bassists rule!You can find everything you need to dominate the bass in "Bass Guitar For Dummies" - whether you're a beginner picking up a bass for the first time or an experienced player looking for way to improve. And you won't drown in complicated music theory, either; this easy-to-understand reference gives you just enough music theory to get you on your way."Bass Guitar For Dummies" includes the following topics and more: Exploring the anatomy of a bass guitarGetting started: Holding your bass, positioning your hands, and striking notesReading bass notation and understanding chords, scales, and octavesCreating a groove and playing solos and fillsExamining different bass-playing styles, from rock and funk to blues and reggaeCaring for your bass: Cleaning, changing strings, and so onBuying your own bass and accessoriesTop Ten lists on bassists you should know about"Bass Guitar For Dummies" also comes with a CD that includes audio clips of all the examples in the book.So put away the air bass guitar and get yourself the real thing. With the help of "Bass Guitar For Dummies," you'll be groovin' in your own band in no time!Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.



48 pages

All for Strings, Bk. 3: Cello

Creator: Gerald E. Anderson, Robert S. Frost | 1990-06-01

Publisher: Neil a Kjos Music Company



305 pages

Continuo playing on the lute, archlute, and theorbo

Creator: Nigel North | Lute music - 1987-09-01

For the fingerboard strings, gut gives the clearest and brightest sound, but nylon and modern covered strings are a good substitute, particularly for the fifth, sixth and seventh courses. Bass strings. For solo and continuo playing, ...

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

About this book
"... a valuable book. It is an important link between the unknown of the Renaissance and the present." —The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon"Straightforward practicality is the most outstanding characteristic of this book." —Continuo"... a fine and very welcome book that is likely to remain the high standard of lute continuo instruction for some time to come." —Sixteenth Century JournalIn this extraordinarily broad survey, Nigel North discusses the history of the lute, the archlute, and the theorbo and gives practical advice on technique, the choice of instrument for particular music, and the preparation of scores.


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  • Ernie Ball Music Man

    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set (50 - 105)

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)
    List Price: $35.00

    Most popular bass string alloy
    Well balanced
    Good all around sound


  • D'Addario &Co. Inc

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

    Musical Instruments (D'Addario &Co. Inc)
    List Price: $32.99

    String Gauges: Wound .050, .070, .085, .105
    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
    Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
    D'Addario's top-selling heavy gauge bass set


  • Dean Markley Strings, Inc.

    Dean Markley Blue Steel 4-String ML 2674 Bass Guitar Strings (.045-.105)

    Musical Instruments (Dean Markley Strings, Inc.)

    Rating (23 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Dean Markley Strings, Inc.

    Unbelievable Strings

    I purchased a set of 4 for my bass in 1990. It was just a old Fender Pbass with stock pickups. The bass imediatly had a deeper sound and nicer feel. The strings rang longer and stayed in tune for outstanding periods of time. I had the medium-lights. Now for the pure comedy. The strings outlasted my bass. Yes that is right... the strings were still in good condition and still holding their tone for an entire gig in Jan 2006. 1 set of these lasted me 16years. My Pbass broke just beneath the neck in the body and I am finally going to give up the ghost and buy another set of strings for a bass... There is imediatly no doubt in my mind as to which set to buy. I went through 5 sets of strings in 3 years due to them shredding near joints and then these lasted me 16 YEARS... Value.. Sound... Tone... Tunning... I had bandmates tell me to replace my strings since they knew how old they were and then I would hand my bass over and say play.. then they would say.. um nevermind.. by God... 5/5 Mac75 "Cp" (Troy MI) - See all my reviews This review is from: Dean Markley Blue Steel 4-String ML 2674 Bass Guitar Strings (.045-.105) (Electronics) I purchased a set of 4 for my bass in 1990. It was just a old Fender Pbass with stock pickups. The bass imediatly had a deeper sound and nicer feel. The strings rang longer and stayed in tune for outstanding periods of time. I had the medium-lights. Now for the pure comedy. The strings outlasted my bass. Yes that is right... the strings were still in good condition and still holding their tone for an entire gig in Jan 2006. 1 set of these lasted me 16years. My Pbass broke just beneath the neck in the body and I am finally going to give up the ghost and buy another set of strings for a bass... There is imediatly no doubt in my mind as to which set to buy. I went through 5 sets of strings in 3 years due to them shredding near joints and then these lasted me 16 YEARS... Value.. Sound... Tone... Tunning... I had bandmates tell me to replace my strings since they knew how old they were and then I would hand my bass over and say play.. then they would say.. um nevermind.. by God... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 27, 2006

    A distinct sound you may or may not like

    0 4/5 Rahul P. Kamath "carbon-based life form" (Madison, WI) - See all my reviews, January 9, 2012

    Great sound. Definitely worth the price.

    0 5/5 James Davis - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dean Markley Blue Steel 4-String ML 2674 Bass Guitar Strings (.045-.105) (Electronics) I've been playing bass for 8 years now. I've tried many different strings and none compare, in my eyes, to the smoothness of blue steels. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 1, 2013
    List Price: $49.50
    Blue Steel strings are the world?s first and finest Cryogenic-processed strings
    Smooth feel
    Blue Steel strings are available for acoustic, electric, and electric bass guitars, and come in all popular gauges
    Brilliant punchy tone
    Blue Steel strings are a total breakthrough in string technology
    Lasts 2x longer than regular strings
    Stainless Steel
    Starting with the very finest quality materials, Blue Steel strings are frozen to minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit
    This unique Cryogenic treatment realigns the molecular structure of the string, giving Blue Steel more highs and lows


  • W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

    Elixir® Strings Nickel Plated Steel 4-String Bass Foundation Set with NANOWEB® Coating

    Musical Instruments (W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.)
    List Price: $82.50
    Price: $29.00
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    Customize your bass set by adding a custom 5th or 6th string
    Players tell us their tone lasts longer than any other string-coated or uncoated
    Medium/Long Scale: 045 065 085 105
    Coating designed just for bass


  • DR Music

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

    Musical Instruments (DR Music)

    Rating (37 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    DR Music

    Best sounding, playing strings I have found for my Rickenbacker 4003!

    I own 10 bass guitars and use a variety of DR string models on all of them. One of my favorite DR sets is their Sunbeams, which I use on all of my short scale basses. I was looking for something with a coating to try on my 4003 and had read good things about these Black Beauty strings which I discovered are basically coated Sunbeams, just like the other DR coated strings like the Red Devils!Prior to swtitching over to these I had been running with DR Lo-Riders on my 4003 which I also use on my Fender Jazz Basses. Contrary to the nice top end bite I get from these on my 62 and 73 Jazz, I just wasn't getting the classic RIC tone I wanted out of the 4003 with LO-Riders installed, so this is why I decided to give these a try.I had been running with DR Red Devils on my Fender Jaguar and my Gretch DuoJet for a long time so I already knew that these coated DRs have a great tone, reduced fret clatter and easy on the fingers to boot, so I already knew there was a... 5/5 The Resident Gourmet (California) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties - Extra-Life, Black-Coated (Electronics) I own 10 bass guitars and use a variety of DR string models on all of them. One of my favorite DR sets is their Sunbeams, which I use on all of my short scale basses. I was looking for something with a coating to try on my 4003 and had read good things about these Black Beauty strings which I discovered are basically coated Sunbeams, just like the other DR coated strings like the Red Devils!Prior to swtitching over to these I had been running with DR Lo-Riders on my 4003 which I also use on my Fender Jazz Basses. Contrary to the nice top end bite I get from these on my 62 and 73 Jazz, I just wasn't getting the classic RIC tone I wanted out of the 4003 with LO-Riders installed, so this is why I decided to give these a try.I had been running with DR Red Devils on my Fender Jaguar and my Gretch DuoJet for a long time so I already knew that these coated DRs have a great tone, reduced fret clatter and easy on the fingers to boot, so I already knew there was a... Read more, December 5, 2013

    The Best for Bass

    0 5/5 Joel Krautstrunk "Manjushri1" (Las Vegas, NV) - See all my reviews, February 23, 2010

    Nice feel, excellent sound

    0 5/5 Jeff (POOLER, Gabon) - See all my reviews, December 11, 2008
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    Price: $17.33
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    Extended string life
    Gauge: Medium
    Signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings
    Super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire
    Hand-made with black polymer coat


  • Ernie Ball Music Man

    Ernie Ball 2732 Regular Slinky Cobalt Bass Guitar Strings Set

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)
    List Price: $59.99
    Price: $17.52
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    Patented technology brings a new definition to "low end" capabilities Soft and silky to the touch
    Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
    Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.
    Cobalt provides a stronger magnetic relationship between pickups and strings than any other alloy previously available


  • Ernie Ball Music Man

    Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set (10 - 46)

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)

    Rating (406 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Ernie Ball Music Man

    Best Guitar Strings in Existence

    0 5/5 B. Santora - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set (10 - 46) (Electronics) I just turned 60 years old and I've been playing guitar since I was 13 - I've tried every make of string, and played most every model of guitar as well, and these are the only strings I use. I recently bought a used guitar which was strung with something else - couldn't wait to get the EB strings on there. Nothing else has the feel and sound - they just have a musicality and aliveness to them and manufacturing quality has been consistent over the years. I'd recommend these for any guitar, any style - harmonics, sustain, feel - they have it all. Only decision is .010's or .009's - I like to use .010's when tuned down to E flat, and .009's for standard tuning.If you don't like your guitar and it's strung with other strings, try these. Thanks EB! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 13, 2013

    My favorite strings for electric

    0 5/5 Nessander - See all my reviews, March 20, 2008

    It's all about what YOU feel

    0 5/5 Cal (USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Set (10 - 46) (Electronics) In my opinion strings are the hardest thing to rate to an extent because everyone prefers different tensions and/or sounds but I will say that as long as you clean them once in a while they will last pretty long without major tone loss, as far as tension that all depends on the person playing. I've been using these for about 3 years now and I wouldn't swear by them but they are more readily available than a lot of other strings. I've used a lot of gauges from .09-.42 all the way to .12-.54 and what's comfortable for me may not be for you. I would definitely recommend a lighter gauge to beginners and my personal favorite is either the .10-.46 or the .10-.48 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 29, 2013
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    Played By Legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more...
    Recipes and Popular gauges created by industry icon Ernie Ball
    Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.
    Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made


  • DR Music

    DR Strings Hi-Beam - Stainless Steel Round Core 45-105

    Musical Instruments (DR Music)
    List Price: $48.75
    Price: $14.66
    You Save: $34.09 (70%)

    Round wound and constructed on a round core, which is unique in the industry
    Gauge: Medium
    They don't eat your frets. HI-BEAMS are the string to choose for brightness, punch and ease of playing
    Renowned for durability, unusually long life, consistency and string-to-string balance
    Highly flexible and musically but not harshly bright


  • RotoSound

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

    Musical Instruments (RotoSound)

    Rating (23 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    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

    Incredible tone, good quality

    0 5/5 Braxton Schafer - 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) Wow. That's the best description of these strings. I've been playing bass for about 5 years, owned 3 different basses with a wide variety of (mostly cheap) strings. My new P-Bass MIM needed new strings, so I splurged and bought these.The tone is fantastic. It stands out. I've seen other reviewers describe it as "piano wire-like" and I would agree with that. They just have a fantastic, twangy, deep sound. It's perfect for funk, metal, and slap bass. It REALLY stands out, so if you're a bassist looking to be seen and not heard, these may not be for you.These are by far the best strings I've owned (or played for that matter) and would definitely recommend these to anybody or buy them again. I've had them on my bass for a few months and the tone has also stayed pretty consistent too. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 1, 2015

    Bingo - We have a winner

    0 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. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 13, 2014
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  • Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

    Fender 7150M Pure Nickel Roundwound Long Scale Electric Bass Guitar Strings - Medium

    Musical Instruments (Fender Musical Instruments Corp.)
    List Price: $45.99

    Fender original bass 7150's are an excellent choice forblues, jazz, r&b, and classic rock.
    Fender originalbass 7150's feature a smooth feel and vintage warmththat has become aFender tradition.
    These are the strings that started it all.
    Premium materialsand state-of-the-art manufacturing result in the samestring you've always loved, with greater quality andconsistency than ever before.


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