#1
I've been playing for around 3 weeks or so, really enjoying myself, being pretty decent around the fretboard, can play a few songs and stuff, and teaching myself from a book, however I would really like to play some real songs, by real artists, in musical notation, without the work of writing it out myself. I just feel like I'm wasting a little bit of talent, or not exercising part of my brain when I'm reading tabs. I can read bass clef perfectly (thank you years of trombone and band) but I'm not completely comfortable with sight reading for anything beyond simple songs in the Hal Leonard method book that I have. Can anyone suggest some good song books in musical notation? It can be compilations, or a single artist, or whatever, just something that will help me learn, and advance in my comfort with the fretboard.

Thanks,

Nate
#2
If you want to dive into a bit of Jazz, get a a real Book (Bass Clef version)

Hal Leonard puts out a good group of bass books for particular artists. I know there are several Beatle ones as well as RHCP. The also have general title "Play along" books, based on songs in different genres.

The best place I can point you to as a starter is bassbooks.com. They have the best online collection I've seen so far.
#3
Quote by anarkee
If you want to dive into a bit of Jazz, get a a real Book (Bass Clef version)

Hal Leonard puts out a good group of bass books for particular artists. I know there are several Beatle ones as well as RHCP. The also have general title "Play along" books, based on songs in different genres.

The best place I can point you to as a starter is bassbooks.com. They have the best online collection I've seen so far.


I am actually interested in the blues somewhat, the first song I learned was The Clashes Jimmy Jazz, which I guess is more of a jazz or ska bassline, but I really enjoyed the walking bassline and such. But is the book just called Book? What's its actual name?
#5
Quote by Natebegreat
I am actually interested in the blues somewhat, the first song I learned was The Clashes Jimmy Jazz, which I guess is more of a jazz or ska bassline, but I really enjoyed the walking bassline and such. But is the book just called Book? What's its actual name?


Hal Leonard has some blues play-a-longs...
http://www.halleonard.com/search/search.do?seriesfeature=BLUPLA

Beginner play-a-longs from Aebersold...
http://www.jazzbooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?
#6
If you are looking for music books devoted specifically to bass, here's a good place to start:

http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/default.asp

If you want to learn blues bass and do it in standard notation, the best book I can recommend is Standing in the Shadows of Motown:

http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=44

Most states have a law requiring all bassists to own and read this book.
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#7
Quote by FatalGear41
If you are looking for music books devoted specifically to bass, here's a good place to start:

http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/default.asp

If you want to learn blues bass and do it in standard notation, the best book I can recommend is Standing in the Shadows of Motown:

http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=44

Most states have a law requiring all bassists to own and read this book.


haha alright, I don't like breaking the law so I'll look into all this stuff, thanks everyone, its appreciated