Sources and Recommendations

I have made a page for bass players and students of some hand picked bass materials that I like.
To make it convenient you can click on an image or a link to go straight to a respected e-commerce site to place an order for the individual item (Amazon, Musicians Friend etc.)

Know of something that should be on this page? Send me an email.


One of the best resources I have found for downloading music is a subscription service called eMusic.
For $10/month you can download 40 tracks (25¢ a track!) and you start with 50 free for trying the service!



Here is the book I use most with beginnger bassists and players who are learning to read. Order one now from - List price $22.95

Buy it with my AJQ CD and get free shipping on both. . . . hint. . . hint


It's Finally Legal!
The Real Book 6th edition by Hal Leonard Publishing

Available in the following Keys: Concert, E-flat, B-flat, Bass clef 




Bass Clef:



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All of my students know that it is essential to develop a great library of recordings to learn from

Essential Jazz Records (a very short and subjective list)

Great Transcribing Recordings - a place to start with bass transcriptions

Classical Bass


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Other Resources

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Books About Learning the Bass and Music Methods

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The Classic Method Book, full of essential technical exercises
Ray Brown's Bass Method: Essential Scales Patterns and Exercises

Kenny Werner's Book, Effortless Mastry, is becoming widely
considered to be one of the great books on overcoming the
obstacles -musical and psychological -of becoming a truly great musician

Here is a book I like to use to develop Improvisation Skills The Goal Note Method
It is by Shelly Berg, Chairman of the Jazz Studies Department at USC

All my students who are interested in Jazz need a good theory book. There are many out there, but the one I currently use is Jazz Theory and Practice, by Lawn & Helmer

A great book about Afro-Cuban Bass Grooves

Jerry Coker's classic book Patterns for Jazz is now available in Bass Clef.
a good workout for developing vocabulary, getting to know the neck and developing technique.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown,
The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson

One of my favorite books! it tells the story of the guy who played
ALL of the great Motown bass lines. There are tons of bass lines
transcribed and all are played on 2 CDs by world class bassists.
It's a great introduction to this essential style and a fabulous workout
to play along. Also makes a great sight reading book!

The Charlie Parker Omnibook is available in Bass Clef. 60 Bird Solos transcribed!! I use it all of the time for sight reading practice. Its challenging, but the range is well suited for bass

Look Out Flea Fans, it's The Red Hot Chili Peppers: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of Flea's Bass Style

Studio Bass Masters

An insightful book about becoming a Studio Bass Player. Studio greats discuss the profession and the skills you need. The CD demonstrates essential styles etc.

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Fun Books About the Bass

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The Bass Book A Complete Illustrated guide to the Electric Bass

Bass Heros: Styles, Stories & Secrets of 30 Great Bass Players
From the pages of Guitar Player Magazine

Instruments and gear

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Here are some general recommendations for bass equipment. If you don't see what you need below click here to do a general search at Musicians Friend - A highly respected source for music equipment

String Basses, Strings and accessories can be found at Lemur Music on the web and in San Juan Capistrano

I love my Music Man Sterling Bass
Music Man Sterling 4 String Bass
Music Man Sterling 4 String Bass

a high-end metronome with multiple beat patterns
Boss DB-66 Dr. Beat Metronome
Boss DB-66 Dr. Beat Metronome

or a simple metronome that goes click and gives you a tuning note
Qwik Time QT-7 Quartz Metronome
Qwik Time QT-7 Quartz Metronome

Speaking of tuning notes - you might want a tuner . . .
will tune the low-B on your 5-string Bass!
Boss CT-6 Guitar/Bass Tuner
Boss CT-6 Guitar/Bass Tuner

Many of my electric bass students have small practice amps
and are ready for something that they can use in rehearsals and
will stand up to some abuse. I highly recommend getting slightly
MORE amp than you were thinking of - You will want to upgrade
in no time if you don't. Check out the SWR combo amps the one
pictured below won Bass Player Magazine Editors Awards for both
Best Built and Top Tone!
SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo
SWR Workingman's 15 Bass Combo

Amps, Cables stands etc. are all available here

* Fun Toys!!!!! *

Get cool bass sounds with an Octave foot switch
MXR M-88 Bass Octave Pedal
MXR M-88 Bass Octave Pedal


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Bass Line: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton
This Beautiful book by Jazz Bass Master Milt Hinton is a great coffee-table book.
Highly recommended for all Jazz Fans

I am currently reading Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles a history of Jazz
in Los Angeles through the words of some of the great musicians who were there at
the time. Thouroughly engaging and close to home. Many of the musicians interviewed
or mentioned are still making music in LA!

Ken Burns' new film series "Jazz" is now available on
VHS, DVD and there are several cd colletions available.
Ideal for all jazz lovers and especially for those new to jazz

Ken Burns 'Jazz'

Jazz: An Illustrated History

Jazz: An Illustrated History

This is the fabulous companion book to the
Ken Burns Jazz Documentary.