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Modern Band Method - Bass Book 1

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Authors: Scott Burstein, Spencer Hale, Dave Wish, and Mary Claxton

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Parts Of The Bass Guitar
Tuning
Basic Technique
Notation
SECTION 1
Playing Bass Lines: One-Note Jam
Improvisation: Two-Note Groove
Music Theory: The Song Chart
Composition: E, C, G
FULL BAND SONG: I GOTTA FEELING
SECTION 2
Playing Bass Lines: One-Note Song
Music Theory: Reading Bass Tab
Instrument Technique: Strengthening Your Fingers
Instrument Technique: Muting Strings
Improvisation: Four-Note Groove
Music Theory: Whole Notes And Half Notes
FULL BAND SONG: HEATHENS
SECTION 3
Instrument Technique: Chromatic Riffs
Playing Bass Lines: D
Music Theory: Quarter And Eighth Notes
Improvisation: Creating A Groove
Composition: Compose A Riff
SECTION 4
Instrument Technique: Some New Riffs
Instrument Technique: Muting Notes
Composition: Writing Lyrics
FULL BAND SONG: STIR IT UP
SECTION 5
Instrument Technique: Muted Note Review & Rhythms
Music Theory: Notes, Chords, And Scales
Playing Bass Lines: Drum And Bass
Composition: Mastering The Grid
Improvisation: Full Minor Pentatonic Scale
SECTION 6
Playing Bass Lines: One-Note Song
Instrument Technique: Changing The Rhythm
Music Theory: The Music Staff
FULL BAND SONG: SOMEONE LIKE YOU
SECTION 7
Playing Bass Lines: Rhythmic Patterns
Composition: Introduction
FULL BAND SONG: OYE COMO VA
SECTION 8
Instrument Technique: Two-String Riffs
Instrument Technique: Steady Eighth Notes
Music Theory: Syncopated Patterns
Playing Bass Lines: Reggae Bass
FULL BAND SONG: WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)
SECTION 9
Music Theory: A Focus On Note Length
Playing Bass Lines: Grooving With The Rest Of The Band
Composition: Verse And Chorus
Improvisation: Major Pentatonic Scale
FULL BAND SONG: BEST DAY OF MY LIFE
SECTION 10
Instrument Technique: Slides
Music Theory: Passing Tones
Music Theory: Applying Slides
FULL BAND SONG: KICK, PUSH
SECTION 11
Music Theory: Blues Scale
Music Theory: Chords As Riffs
Composition: Composing With Power Chords
FULL BAND SONG: UMBRELLA
SECTION 12
FULL BAND SONG: ZOMBIE

The Modern Band Method series provides a guided lesson plan for the absolute beginner, complete with audio tracks, video lessons, and many popular songs by the biggest artists of the day! This bass method works in tandem with the other instrument methods in the series, allowing students to play the same songs together as a full band!

Bass lessons include:

• Tuning

• Reading music and tablature

• Walking/picking patterns

• Notes and scales

• Using passing tones

• Popular rock and pop bass lines

• Creating solid grooves

• Muting and slides

• Syncopation

• Composing a song

• Writing lyrics

Get going on Bass today!

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