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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.



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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
    Good all around sound
    Well balanced


  • D'Addario &Co. Inc

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

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    Rating (165 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    D'Addario &Co. Inc

    The Best Strings...

    0 5/5 Uncle Meat (Southeastern PA, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: D'Addario EXL170TP Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, 2 Sets, Long Scale (Electronics) Simply put, these are the best strings at the lowest price. I've been playing electric bass for over 35 years and these are the brand I always come back to. I've tried Dr. Bass, Rotosounds, Fender, Markleys, etc. with no noticeable difference or improvement. D'Addarios sound great and last a long time. You can usually find them in multi-packs and/or on sale so it doesn't hurt to change them more often. This is one example where use don't get what you pay for, your get more! They come in many different lengths and gauges, so make sure you buy the correct set for your instrument. If you select a different gauge, don't forget that you may have to make adjustments to the intonation, string height, and/or neck relief on your bass or guitar. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 7, 2011

    Great Sound and Longevity.

    0 5/5 TheBigC - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: D'Addario EXL165TP Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Custom Light, 45-105, 2 Sets, Long Scale (Electronics) I've been using D'Addario strings for ages. Both on my basses, and my guitars.These bass strings are comfortable enough to play, even on the longer 3 hour+ gigs. They sound nice and bright. But the main thing is they last a long time. They retain their tuning and sound for ages which is good news for the struggling muso. Plus, who wants to keep changing their strings all the time? Not me! I don't have a guitar tech like the stars do. Or the money!I have tried many different brands over the years but always come back toDÁddario for their great performance and longevity.Highly Recommended 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 17, 2012

    Very Decent Strings

    0 5/5 Aldrin Anastacio (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews, October 19, 2007
    List Price: $32.99
    D'Addario's top-selling heavy gauge bass set
    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


  • Samson

    Hartke HSB450 Medium Bass Strings (4-String Set)

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    List Price: $23.99
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    Long scale, nickel wound, hex core
    Medium 4-string Gauges: 50, 70, 85, 105
    Color-coded end beads for easy string identification


  • DR Music

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

    Musical Instruments (DR Music)

    Rating (44 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    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 Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties - Extra-Life, Black-Coated (Electronics) These strings are great. I'm on my third set. I originally bought them because I heard they were long enough for my fanned fret Dingwall bass which needs longer strings to reach past the nut at the E. It turns out that these strings have excellent sound and really nice feel They sound great right out of the box and last a long time (as advertised.) am impresses enough that I just ordered a set of the light version for my 5 string Carvin.Be warned though. Amazon offers these exact strings with a slightly different name for $8 less. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 11, 2008
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    Super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire
    Extended string life
    Signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings
    Hand-made with black polymer coat
    Gauge: Medium


  • Ernie Ball Music Man

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

    Musical Instruments (Ernie Ball Music Man)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Ernie Ball Music Man

    Love the Super Slinky strings!

    My experience with guitar started in the 70s with a beat up acoustic my dad handed down to me. I was enthralled with the sounds of the guitar, but hated that giant hunk of junk. In the early 80s I got myself a job, tossed that pile of warped wood, and bought myself a Gibson electric. A friend quickly turned me on to GHS Boomers, which I used exclusively for probably 7-8 years. I had tried several other brands, but for me, the Boomers were the best.Well, the 90s came around, and my musical taste changed from alt-rock to a heavier sound. My preference transitioned from Gibson guitars through Orange and Mesa/Boogie amps to Jackson guitars through Marshall amps. Due to budgetary constraints, I switched to Carvin strings -- they used to be incredibly affordable -- but "discovered" the Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings when a guitar tech friend of mine restrung one of my super-strats for me, and that was that.So what do 'Slinkies' do?1. Bend forever... 5/5 A. Thomas (Washington DC) - See all my reviews This review is from: Ernie Ball 2223 Super Slinky Nickel Wound Set (09 - 42) (Electronics) My experience with guitar started in the 70s with a beat up acoustic my dad handed down to me. I was enthralled with the sounds of the guitar, but hated that giant hunk of junk. In the early 80s I got myself a job, tossed that pile of warped wood, and bought myself a Gibson electric. A friend quickly turned me on to GHS Boomers, which I used exclusively for probably 7-8 years. I had tried several other brands, but for me, the Boomers were the best.Well, the 90s came around, and my musical taste changed from alt-rock to a heavier sound. My preference transitioned from Gibson guitars through Orange and Mesa/Boogie amps to Jackson guitars through Marshall amps. Due to budgetary constraints, I switched to Carvin strings -- they used to be incredibly affordable -- but "discovered" the Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings when a guitar tech friend of mine restrung one of my super-strats for me, and that was that.So what do 'Slinkies' do?1. Bend forever... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 27, 2008

    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

    Mandatory Read

    Take this to heart. I have been playing for 16 years this Christmas. For the first seven years I experimented with different brands and gauges. These were the strings I settled on after all that experimentation and I have never looked back. Slinky 9's are ALL I have bought for the past nine years. There are two types of electric guitar strings: Expensive and cheap. NEVER buy cheap strings. They sound too bright and about one out of twenty will break when you wind them up. Expensive strings are a little more complicated. The durability factor is much better with expensive strings. About one out of eighty will break. The difference between the expensive brands is in the sound. Some are "tinny" or bright. Some sound like bass strings tuned way up. With that said, Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9's have what I call a "V" voicing. It's like they have a little equalizer built in set to a good rock setting. You know, boost the mids and highs and roll back the mids. THESE... are the only strings... 5/5 B. Stallings "Peanut" (Knoxville, TN) - See all my reviews, May 29, 2006
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    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
    Recipes and Popular gauges created by industry icon Ernie Ball
    Played By Legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more...


  • 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.)

    Rating (43 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

    Be careful installing them....

    0 5/5 Mike DeMoss - See all my reviews This review is from: Elixir® Strings Nickel Plated Steel 4-String Bass Foundation Set with NANOWEB® Coating (Electronics) These strings are great, just be careful when you install them, because they can break if you tighten them too quickly. I always tighten them a little, stretch them with your fingers, tighten a little more...etc. Once they're on and in tune, they're the best. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 18, 2011

    Daddy likes.

    0 5/5 autoprime - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Elixir® Strings Nickel Plated Steel 4-String Bass Foundation Set with NANOWEB® Coating (Electronics) I got these for my SoundGear 4 string. Because my 5 string Schecter came with elixir strings and they still have good tone after 4 years! The nanoweb coating is easy on your fingers. Do yourself a favor and get these. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 26, 2010

    Best Strings Ever

    0 5/5 Arland B - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Elixir® Strings Nickel Plated Steel 4-String Bass Foundation Set with NANOWEB® Coating (Electronics) Shipping and Processing speed was great.I have been playing bass for almost 10 years and I was a BIG fan of the GHS Flea Boomers until I got these one Christmas. The Elixir strings sound AMAZING. That new string sound lasts at least twice as long and after cleaning them they come right back for more. They may cost a bit more but they are worth it every time. I am never going back. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 3, 2013
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    Players tell us their tone lasts longer than any other string-coated or uncoated
    Coating designed just for bass
    Customize your bass set by adding a custom 5th or 6th string
    Medium/Long Scale: 045 065 085 105


  • DR Music

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

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    Rating (30 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    DR Music

    Very Surprising...

    0 5/5 Bongo Charm (Boston, MA) - See all my reviews This review is from: DR Strings NMCB-45 DR NEON 4 Bass Guitar String, Medium, Multi-Color (Electronics) Bought a set thinking they might help me learn the neck by associating strings/notes with color.I expected to sacrifice sound. I expected to see little paint flakes all over my bass. The truth is Ididn't expect much at all. It was just a experiment. But they're great. Color is eye-popping, action isvery smooth and THE SOUND IS RICHER THAN I IMAGINED POSSIBLE. If you're trying to learnyour neck combine these with Fret Daddy stickers for a powerful learning tool. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 7, 2014

    A unique look for a bass

    0 5/5 Jace Jercha - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DR Strings NMCB-45 DR NEON 4 Bass Guitar String, Medium, Multi-Color (Electronics) Seriously these are the coolest strings ever. I was a little worried they wouldn't hold up, but I play a lot and they aren't flaking off little specs of colour like I thought they might. I'm really satisfied. The sound quality from these strings is a bit better than the ones my bass came with, so I think it was a nice change 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 13, 2013

    Good Strings for thier purpose.

    0 3/5 Dan B - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: DR Strings NMCB-45 DR NEON 4 Bass Guitar String, Medium, Multi-Color (Electronics) These are nice strings to have if you want a different look for your Bass. Sound good and good quality. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 9, 2014
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    45 65 85 105
    DR NEON Multi-Color Strings makes learning bass guitar fast, easy and fun
    4 String, 4 different colors
    Features NEON K3 Coating for volume, clarity and durability


  • DR Music

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

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    List Price: $48.75
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    They don't eat your frets. HI-BEAMS are the string to choose for brightness, punch and ease of playing
    Highly flexible and musically but not harshly bright
    Round wound and constructed on a round core, which is unique in the industry
    Renowned for durability, unusually long life, consistency and string-to-string balance
    Gauge: Medium


  • D'Addario &Co. Inc

    D'Addario EPS160-5 5-String ProSteels Bass Guitar Strings, Medium, 50-135, Long Scale

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    List Price: $42.99

    Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
    5-String version of D'Addario's top-selling heavy gauge ProSteels bass set
    D'Addario's brightest and most magnetic bass strings offering harmonically rich, deep and penetrating tone
    Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
    String Gauges: Wound .050, .070, .085, .105, .135


  • GHS Corporation

    GHS Strings Electric Bass Boomer Set (Medium Light Nickel Steel, 4-String, Long Scale)

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    Rating (17 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    GHS Corporation

    Great, All-Purpose Strings

    0 5/5 Aaron Faletto "Burger cooker, guitar picker" (Renton, WA) - See all my reviews This review is from: GHS Strings Electric Bass Boomer Set (Medium Light Nickel Steel, 4-String, Long Scale) (Electronics) You can't go wrong with Boomers. They are bright but not harsh, and are consistent in manufacture, pack-to-pack. I've never been let down by these strings, for either my basses or my guitars. The red silk on these grips the machines well (and looks cool), and once they have been broken in they stay in tune. These strings are equally at home on a Precision or a Jazz. If you play a lot of mellow, upright-bass-style jazz, they might be a bit bright for you, but for 90% of what most people play, these strings deliver. If you are looking for good bass strings, and you are comparing lots of brands and don't really know which ones to get, try these. I've been playing guitar and bass for 25+ years and GHS Boomers are my favorite, by far. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2010

    Great, Bright-sounding Bass Strings

    0 5/5 Mike IronFist - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: GHS Strings Electric Bass Boomer Set (Medium Light Nickel Steel, 4-String, Long Scale) (Electronics) Ever since I was offered this brand when buying strings at a music shop, I've found them to be the best bass strings I've ever used.They have an extremely bright sound that resonates strongly and lasts a bit longer than others. If you play metal or punk rock, you'regoing to love how strong the sound is. If you play funk or do anything with slap bass as well, these will be an absolute godsend - theyare the best strings I've ever used for slapping and popping.Of course, these are round-wounds. Round-wound strings are bright in general, so if you're looking for a more mellow tone or you don't want to build up the callouses to play these strings, you're going to want flat-wound strings instead. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 17, 2012

    love it

    0 5/5 busdriver123 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: GHS Strings Electric Bass Boomer Set (Medium Light Nickel Steel, 4-String, Long Scale) (Electronics) Put on my bass guitar gaves the right sound I like will made .Yes I recommand this product to you. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 14, 2013
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    Nickel Plated steel for Brilliant Tone
    Long Scale Round Wound
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