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I have a couple of long, dull flights coming up with a week of no Bass access in between. I need bass books (electronic) that cover approach, theory or technique that are more theoretical rather than packed with exercises that require having an instrument there to make sense of things. Alternatively, any decent bassist biographies/autobiographies.

I've read Wooten's The music lesson, and despite it's weirdness found some really helpful stuff in there... similar books would be cool.

Any recommendations gratefully received, cheers! :)

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[quote name='Paulgm1' timestamp='1476218165' post='3152494']
Guy Pratt - My Bass and Other Animals. Good lively read and a great bass player.
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I read that earlier this year, it's a great read.

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[quote name='JamesBass' timestamp='1476218568' post='3152501']
Not so much a theory book per say, but ANY scored music will help. Also good is Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry.
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Thanks.

I'll take a look at that one. Regarding scored music, I'm a recent reader, I can plod through relatively simple exercises but still easily get lost working through stuff in my head.

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[quote name='NickD' timestamp='1476220183' post='3152522']
Thanks.

I'll take a look at that one. Regarding scored music, I'm a recent reader, I can plod through relatively simple exercises but still easily get lost working through stuff in my head.
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Perfect chance to take something along that you know already and can read and listen to at the same time, it's something I do fairly often as it just sharpens up your ability to read the notes!

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It is something I should probably do. I have a few sight reading quiz apps on my tablet too.

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A great way to spend some time would be with this ear training app: [url="http://www.miles.be/software/51-ear-training-on-your-iphone-ipad-android-windows-phone"]http://www.miles.be/software/51-ear-training-on-your-iphone-ipad-android-windows-phone[/url]

For theory books I would highly recommend Bert Ligon's Jazz Theory Resources.

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Thanks.

Ear training is a great idea, again probably something I should be looking at. The book appears to be available in physical form only, maybe one for when I get back.

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Standing In the Shadows of Motown

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Standing-Shadows-Motown-Legendary-Jamerson/dp/0881888826

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Not specific to bass, but if you found Wooten helpful, [b]Zen Guitar[/b] by Philip Toshio Sudo says a lot of the same things in a simpler way - it's a thin little book full of single lines that take a lot of thinking about (as you'd expect):

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35397.Zen_Guitar

A slightly different angle, [b]Guitar Zero[/b] by Gary Marcus is about his journey learning to play later in life - he is a cognitive psychologist and uses that as the storyline on which to hang a really good clear account of the latest understanding of brain plasticity, late learning, and the psychology of music.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11797453-guitar-zero

The goodreads site is often a good place to find books similar to ones you like - check out their chain of suggestions from either of these and you might find others.

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[quote name='MrCrane' timestamp='1476349570' post='3153459']
Standing In the Shadows of Motown

[url="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Standing-Shadows-Motown-Legendary-Jamerson/dp/0881888826"]https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/0881888826[/url]
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Thanks.

That's been on my wanted list for ages. Again it's a physical book though, so maybe one for my Christmas list.

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[quote name='josie' timestamp='1476396264' post='3154041']
Not specific to bass, but if you found Wooten helpful, [b]Zen Guitar[/b] by Philip Toshio Sudo says a lot of the same things in a simpler way - it's a thin little book full of single lines that take a lot of thinking about (as you'd expect):

[url="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35397.Zen_Guitar"]http://www.goodreads...5397.Zen_Guitar[/url]

A slightly different angle, [b]Guitar Zero[/b] by Gary Marcus is about his journey learning to play later in life - he is a cognitive psychologist and uses that as the storyline on which to hang a really good clear account of the latest understanding of brain plasticity, late learning, and the psychology of music.

[url="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11797453-guitar-zero"]http://www.goodreads...453-guitar-zero[/url]

The goodreads site is often a good place to find books similar to ones you like - check out their chain of suggestions from either of these and you might find others.
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Thanks, there looks to be some smart stuff on there!

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