Book Review - First Bass by Josquin Des Pres

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Book Review - First Bass by Josquin Des Pres

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:47 am

Checked this one out from the public library.

No fluff in this book. Very little text either.

Synposis:

Reading Studies - first rhythm, then notes
Dexterity drills and warm ups
Technique
Bass Line construction
Genres

Right now just working through the rhythm studies. 23 exercises in all. I found I could sight read pretty well if there weren't any rests or ties. So this was good - I now know I need to work on my reading ties and rests. Also, working with a metronome I realize that there's work to be done there. I need to really work on playing spot on for a bit. I don't believe anybody's timing is ever "good enough" certainly not mine.

By exercise #23 I was getting pretty des Pressed (depressed - get it?) he's got 1/4 note triplets and ties and broken 16th notes with all kinds of rests in crazy places and it's really difficult. Alternating triplets with other stuff is really tricky. I'm cool with the 16th note triplets but eighths and quarters are difficult when preceded by something like a 16th note, 8th note, and another 16th note. Triplets by themselves are fairly easy but when combined like this - it's a bitch. Also finding playing 1/4 note triplets at a slow tempo it's really easy to lose the pulse.

So, I wouldn't recommend this book for a beginner, but it's a good way for an intermediate player to identify some flaws in my playing and work on them. Also really helping me work on my reading chops.

As I work through the book I will post more reviews of subsequent sections.

Oh yeah, next up from the library is Bass for Dummies by Will Lee.

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Postby Uberjam » Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:32 am

Hey Basstard, I bought bass for dummies a few years ago. It's got great examples for multiple styles and lots of history. It doesn't delve into latin bass enough or the many different latin styles and tumbaos. I can kind of understand why that haven't because latin bass is a whole different world of time and harmony. I really liked the history about the contemporary bassist in the last chapter. wife is calling... later on


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Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:42 am

Yep am reading that one right now.

Will post a review in the next week or two when I finish it.

So far it's pretty impressive.
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Re: Book Review - First Bass by Josquin Des Pres

Postby badamen » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:05 pm

I have enrolled in a bass class last summer and we have used the 'First Bass' by Josquin Des Pres. The book was cool! We aren't done with the book but we already started to work on the fifth section where we need to study the bass playing styles.

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