13 Best Bass Guitar Songbooks

List Updated November 2020

Bestselling Bass Guitar Songbooks in 2020


First 50 Songs You Should Play On Bass

First 50 Songs You Should Play On Bass
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

The Ultimate Bass Songbook: The Complete Resource for Every Bass Player!

The Ultimate Bass Songbook: The Complete Resource for Every Bass Player!
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Rock Bass Bible

Rock Bass Bible
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Rock Bass Bible Tab Book
  • This book in Hal Leonard's outstanding Rock Bass Bible series features note-for-note transcriptions with bass tablature for 35 rock bass classics
  • Includes "Another One Bites the Dust," "Badge," "Barracuda," "Come Together," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "I Can See for Miles," "I Want You to Want Me," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Living After Midnight," "Miss You," "Money," "Smoke on the Water," "Suffragette City," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Sweet Emotion," "Takin' Care of Business," "Walk of Life," "White Room," "You Shook Me," and more

Teach Yourself to Play Bass: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners

Teach Yourself to Play Bass: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

12-Bar Blues: The Complete Guide for Bass (Inside the Blues)

12-Bar Blues: The Complete Guide for Bass (Inside the Blues)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Chords for Bass: Master Class Series (Musicians Institute: Master Class)

Chords for Bass: Master Class Series (Musicians Institute: Master Class)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

The Ultimate Bass Scale Chart

The Ultimate Bass Scale Chart
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

The Beatles, 1967-1970 (Bass Recorded Versions)

The Beatles, 1967-1970 (Bass Recorded Versions)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Includes Guitar TAB
  • 146 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Artist: Beatles
  • ISBN: 634046098

First 50 Songs You Should Play On Electric Guitar

First 50 Songs You Should Play On Electric Guitar
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Bass Fretboard Basics: Essential Concepts Series

Bass Fretboard Basics: Essential Concepts Series
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Bass Fretboard Basics Book
  • Bass Fretboard Basics gives you all you need to know about the bass fretboard, including scales, intervals, triads, modal patterns, and fundamentals; keys, fingerings, position playing; arpeggios, turnarounds, walking bass lines; horizontal and vertical playing; and more! For all styles of playing! Bass Fretboard Basics gives you all you need to know about the bass fretboard, including scales, intervals, triads, modal patterns, and fundamentals; keys, fingerings, position playing; arpeggios,...

The Beatles 1962-1966 (Bass Recorded Versions)

The Beatles 1962-1966 (Bass Recorded Versions)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Includes Guitar TAB
  • 88 pages
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Artist: Beatles
  • ISBN: 063404608X

Guitar for Kids - Book 2: Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Guitar for Kids - Book 2: Hal Leonard Guitar Method
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom

Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

4 Tips for Recording an Electric Jazz Guitar

Here's a few tips for recording an electric jazz guitar in your home studio.

1. Microphone Choice - To fully capture the different tones of a jazz guitar, I prefer to use a large diaphragm condenser microphone of the type most often used for vocals. The better the quality and frequency response of the microphone, the better. You may also choose to use a small microphone as a close mic for the electric jazz guitar amp, and a large diaphragm microphone as a far away microphone. The object is to fully capture both the tone of the guitar and the ambient sound during the performance, while minimizing room bleed, assuming that multiple instruments are being recorded at the same time (which in jazz is a fairly safe assumption).

2. Microphone placement - Close mics should be right near the cone for dynamic mics, and a few inches away for large diaphragm condensers. You should listen to the different speakers of a guitarist's amp and try to determine whether a particular speaker sounds better than the others, and then mic the best sounding speaker. Don't point dynamic microphones directly at the cone of the speaker, but rather at a slight angle. Try turning the guitar amp away from the other instruments to cut down on bleed, and have the guitarist turn his amp down as low as possible without sacrificing his tone.

3. Mixing - It takes a long time to develop a precise enough ear to apply EQ to the electric jazz guitar. Ideally, you want to have the jazz guitarist with you in the room while doing the mixing. You'll want to emphasize the mids, and a slight boost at 10K can sometimes add a nice high end shine to the guitar. Keep compression and reverb minimal, and pan the guitar slightly to the left in the mix, or away from other instruments that might interfere with the guitar's frequency range. Go back and forth between any solos that the guitarist takes and his backing tracks to make sure that you've got good volume levels set, and you may consider using envelopes to get a more precise and even volume level reading. Listen to the guitarist's criticism of the mix, and try to accommodate him; he knows more about his electric guitar tone than you do.

Do you have any other tips for recording jazz guitar? Post in our comments section below.

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