The Latin Bass Book

A Practical Guide

by Oscar Stagnaro & Chuck Sher

The only comprehensive book ever published on how to play bass in authentic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin Jazz & South American styles.

Written in the language of the working jazz musician, this book is easy to read and user-friendly. At the same time, it is the most comprehensive study of Latin bass playing ever published.

Over 250 pages of transcriptions of Oscar Stagnaro playing each exercise. Learn from the best!

Includes 3 Play-Along CDs download to accompany each exercise, featuring world-class rhythm sections!

Spiral-bound, 262 pages.

Download Tracks


  • Oscar Stagnaro, bass
  • Rebeca Mauleón, piano
  • Orestes Vilato, percussion
  • Dario Eskenazi, piano
  • Mark Walker, drums


As with all of Sher Music's books, The Latin Bass Book is a well-done and concise breakdown of the fundamentals of this wonderful idiom. It's written clearly enough for even the most beginning players; but even if you think you already 'know' Latin bass playing, this book is for you! Trust me, you'll learn plenty!”
— Benny Rietveld

An indispensable learning and practice tool. This book acts as a personal master class with Stagnaro. Part of the joy of this book is just to engulf yourself in the sound and rhythmic feel of Stagnaro's bass lines on the CDs. They are tight and solid, and really open up creative ways of playing a bass part throughout an endless array of Latin and related music styles. This book is so full of great ideas and helpful hints that bassists looking to learn about the intricacies of playing Latin jazz can't go wrong.”
— Down Beat Magazine

My extraordinary long-time bassist, Oscar Stagnaro, is one of the most intelligent, classy, dedicated and versatile musicians I have ever worked with. All of his valuable knowledge, a product of years of research and 'on the road' experience, is generously reflected in this book.”
— Paquito D'Rivera

By far the most detailed and thorough Latin bass instructional we have seen. A must-have if you are, or would like to be, a bass player with Latin chops.”
— Descarga Magazine

One of the most comprehensive studies published on Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian styles of bass playing. This book is a must for any serious student of the bass.”
— Latin Beat Magazine

This is a very well-written book As a drummer and percussionist, it has given me a wealth of information regarding these Latin styles. My students and I have especially enjoyed the excellent play-along CDs which feature a host of great players. I highly recommend this 'practical guide' to all instrumentalists, particularly rhythm section players.”
— Yoron Israel

The Latin Bass Book is the finest work, in a practical approach, yet written. As a busy rhythm section clinician, I am thrilled to use and demonstrate this much-needed and complete text. Congratulations to Oscar and Chuck.”
— Ed Shaugnessy

Oscar Stagnaro
Peruvian musician Oscar Stagnaro initially studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lima and worked as a session musician. Relocating to the U.S. in 1979, he furthered his studies with Mike Marra and Jerry Bergonzi. Oscar's expertise in Jazz, Fusion, Latin, and other music styles has made him a sought-after performer on the East Coast and globally. He has collaborated with numerous renowned artists, earning him four Grammy Awards from six nominations.