Hal Leonard Bass Method Complete Edition

Bass School

  • Includes everything that is important for the bass player
  • Instrument-theory and -harmonics, the play and playing techniques
  • Written in English
  • CD included

Further Information

Level Of Degree Easy
Suitable For Children Yes
Beginners tutorial Yes
Incl. Notes Yes
With Tabs Yes
Main Theme Blues No
Main Theme Jazz No
Main Theme Rock No
Bonus Audio Yes
Bonus Video No
German Language No
English Language Yes
Format A4

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Feeling fooled
Draghiem, 31.03.2019
As a guitarist, I record some bass line simply by playing the root note of a chord.
I wanted to improve myself and I was looking for a book who helps me to discover to play the bass more further

So, I decided to buy a bass course by buying this one with 4 keyswords:
- Bass (obviously)
- English
- Tabs
- Good rated

So i found this book, order it and it arrived quickly

Backtracking songs :
- With this method, you have an acces code that allows you to go to the Hal Leonard web site and you find backtracking songs to play with
- You can download thoses tracks or play online
- If you chose the online version, you can loop a part of the backtrack song or modify the pitch of it

So why such a poor total note ?
As I write above, I found this book by several keywords and I was exited to start with... until the first exercice: No tabs at all. Only notes :(
I tought there was an error and look further. In fact, very few of the exercices use Tabs (the first I saw is exercice n° 32)

So I can say there are two ways to rate this book:
1) If you are ok to learn notes with the metronom beating the rythme, it's a 5/5 stars and you will find a book who take the time to teach you along 105 exercices. It reminds you how to play to next exercice very well with nice backtracking songs
2) Personnally, I have tried for several weeks to learn it. I try be positive for the reasons i mention above and I know this is the most complete method to learn music ... but it's also the boring way to do it. I was hopping to have notes + tabs so I could chose between the two. Unfortunately, this is not the case by lacks of tab. This is why my title is ?feeling fooled? and such poor total note

My conclusion :
This book is well made, the backing tracks are pleasant, the online site is nice, but I just can't learn if I don't enjoy it.
And saddly, it's the case here. I just have the feeling to try to eat a meal I hate. No matters how good it is.

If I knew that the tabs were just few exercices of the method, I just wouldn't buy it. I have try to return it but it doesn't work with books (at least this one).

My recommandations:
- If you like the school way to learn bass, buy this book. You will enjoy it
- Otherwise, you may buy it for nothing with this book just taking dust
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The perfect book for beginning bass players
Ana1, 15.01.2021
Ed Friedland succeeds in creating the perfect book for beginning bass players. This book teaches all the essentials for every bass player: bass techniques, music theory and creating your own bass lines. Be aware: this book is mainly focussed on note notation (there are a few songs written in tab, though the books expect the reader to get familiar with notes).
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Perfect for the beginner
Theobald, 15.02.2019
When I first started bass a few years ago, I bought some really bad french method. Coming from classical music, I thought I would learn it easily. It was a huge mess and I never came back to any music method.
Now I am using the Hal Leonard Bass Method Complete Edition every single day, and I am learning easily and fast.
You first learn the basics (how to hold your instrument, where to play...) then each string, one after another, and the relative notes on the bass key (no tab). Everything is simple, with examples, and the more you dig into the method, the more you learn music theory as well (12 bar blues, etc...)

The only thing which sometimes disturbs me is the fact they provide tips above or bellow the notes (fingering, beats, chords) and it changes from one example to another. At the beginning, you are a little bit lost, then you get used to it.

Really the perfect method for bass beginner. I just cannot tell you if it is enough for a complete music beginner (which I am not), who might have some understanding issues (or not ?).
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Great book for Bass learners
Jimi4482, 29.12.2019
It is a great book for learning bass. Didn't like the binding though. Hal Leonard book methods are the best
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