If so, Foundation Exercises for Bass by Chuck Sher, author of The Improvisor's Bass Method, is just what you've been looking for!
An instant classic, this book provides you with a complete overview of all the elements of music you will need to know to successfully play bass with others - regardless of the style of music you are interested in, or your current level of playing. Applies to acoustic or electric bass equally well.
While doing that, it will help you really enjoy the process of learning and practicing. How? By getting you to play things that sound like music to you, right from the beginning!
Divided into 33 easy-to-comprehend lessons, the book progresses from elementary to intermediate lessons on each topic, including:
Chuck Sher has given us a thorough, comprehensive catalog of rudiments, presented in a way that makes working on them fun. It offers a clear and concise compendium of information we can apply directly to our work away from the practice room, on the bandstand. Congratulations on another fine piece of work!”
— Steve Swallow
Chuck Sher has already made a great contribution to the improvising musician with his instruction books and songbook anthologies. Foundation Exercises for Bass is another fine example of Chuck's ongoing commitment to music education. If you are a budding bassist who yearns to get in there and start making your own bass parts, this is a great head start. Everything you need to get started and continue through to intermediate levels is here for you. It's a well thought-out foundational approach, as well as a great help to conceptualize many overlooked aspects of playing, such as time and feel. A great book for the self-motivated beginning bassist, or as a unique method book for instructors who are looking for an organized and thoughtful interactive approach for their students. I highly recommend it.”
— Marc Johnson
Your new book is great for the beginning bassist in that it encapsulates the fundamentals of what is going to be expected of them as a bass player, but it also never loses sight of the harder to teach extra musical concepts that can often be overlooked. The technical side of bass playing is concisely chronicled in your book, but it is well-balanced by the more esoteric ideas concerning what makes music a living force. Thanks for this!”
— Larry Grenadier
A great tool with a wide range of material that covers an array of contemporary styles and great reading examples. This book gives a great foundation to anybody interested in mastering the Basics of the Bass.”
— Oscar Stagnaro
Chuck Sher's new Foundation Exercises for Bass offers students of any age and any level a musical way to learn all the fundamentals of bass playing. In just 87 pages, Chuck solves technical questions that would normally take years to understand. All with a positive and spirited discourse. A 'must have' for players and teachers of the electric or upright bass!”
— Pat Klobas
This book has all the information you need to learn bass correctly, presented with good analogies, perceptive comments and a sense of Taoism, too. I especially liked the concluding lessons - Chuck saved the best for last!”
— Chris Amberger
If you take the time, this book will open the doors to a new world for you, and will provide you with a great foundation for learning all the different elements of music. Thanks, Chuck-I needed that!”
— Bobby Vega