13 Best Electric Bass & Guitar Songbooks

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Electric Bass & Guitar Songbooks in 2020


First 50 Songs You Should Play On Electric Guitar

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

Guitar for Kids - Book 2: Hal Leonard Guitar Method

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

Reading Contemporary Electric Bass: Guitar Technique

Reading Contemporary Electric Bass: Guitar Technique
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • 112 Pages
  • Author: Rich Appleman
  • Softcover
  • Dimensions 12 x 9

Electric Guitar and Bass Design: The guitar or bass of your dreams, from the first draft to the complete plan

Electric Guitar and Bass Design: The guitar or bass of your dreams, from the first draft to the complete plan
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Beginner Rock Guitar Lessons: Guitar Instruction Guide to Learn How to Play Licks, Chords, Scales, Techniques, Lead & Rhythm Guitar - Teach Yourself (Book, Streaming Videos & TAB)

Beginner Rock Guitar Lessons: Guitar Instruction Guide to Learn How to Play Licks, Chords, Scales, Techniques, Lead & Rhythm Guitar - Teach Yourself (Book, Streaming Videos & TAB)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Chord Studies for Electric Bass: Guitar Technique (Workshop (Berklee Press))

Chord Studies for Electric Bass: Guitar Technique (Workshop (Berklee Press))
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

Sound Innovations for Concert Band, Bk 1: A Revolutionary Method for Beginning Musicians (Electric Bass), Book, CD & DVD

Sound Innovations for Concert Band, Bk 1: A Revolutionary Method for Beginning Musicians (Electric Bass), Book, CD & DVD
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Sound Innovations for Concert Band Book 1 Electric Bass Book CD/ DVD
  • Sound Innovations for Concert Band is a revolutionary new method for beginning musicians that combines time-tested educational concepts, input from thousands of teachers, and advances in modern technology
  • Using solid pedagogy that follows state and national music education standards, the methods is written by Robert Sheldon, Peter Boonshaft, Dave Black, and Bob Phillips

Electric Bass Method Volume 1

Electric Bass Method Volume 1
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Rock Anthology: Guitar Play-Along Volume 81

Rock Anthology: Guitar Play-Along Volume 81
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Guitar tablature, melody, and lyrics included in softcover songbook
  • Enhanced audio CDs can be played on Mac, PC, or regular CD players for audio tracks to play along to
  • Song list:
  • Baba O'Riley
  • The book includes melody and lyrics for you to sing, or to simply help you follow along

First 50 Jazz Standards You Should Play on Guitar

First 50 Jazz Standards You Should Play on Guitar
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Grunge Guitar Play-Along Volume 88 Bk/CD

Grunge Guitar Play-Along Volume 88 Bk/CD
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Radiohead: The Electric Guitar Songbook

Radiohead: The Electric Guitar Songbook
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

How to Play Electric Blues Guitar

How to Play Electric Blues Guitar
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Music Sales America

An Introduction to the Bass Guitar

Some basic information on the bass guitar presented in the way in which I write my guitar lessons.

This lesson is an introduction to the bass guitar. For those of you who do not know anything about the bass guitar, it is somewhat similar to a guitar. The standard bass has four strings. The strings are tuned from the top to the bottom E,A,D,G. Note that this is the same tuning as the first four strings of a guitar. You will find that the strings on the bass are much thicker than the strings on a guitar. A bass is designed like a guitar, fretboard, neck, etc.

The bass is not played the same way as the guitar. While many guitar players use a pick to play, it is unconventional to play the bass with a guitar pick. This does not mean that it is not possible to play the bass with a guitar pick, or even that you should not. I myself have played the bass with a guitar pick while playing a show. To some players this is much more comfortable than the traditional way to play the bass. The traditional way is a bit tricky to explain without a picture. Your thumb is rested on the pick up of your bass (if playing an electric), while using your fingers to play the strings below. You may also rest your thumb on a string above the strings you will be playing. As I stated this may be a bit hard to understand if you do not have a diagram to view. This quick exercise may help with that. Rest your thumb on the pick up of your bass. Now strum the E string with your pointer finger. Strum the E string with your middle finger. Now alternate between the two. This should give you the feel for how to play the bass guitar.

It may take a little bit of time to find yourself comfortable playing the bass. You can use a guitar pick if you prefer, however this is not common. The four strings on a standard bass guitar are the same as the top four strings on a guitar. You may want to review my second guitar lesson in order to understand the fretboard on the bass. The basic knowledge you may have of the guitar can be applied to the bass. A small amount of music theory, such as the notes found on the fretboard will help as well. Again, I strongly suggest looking through my article on the fretboard. This should help you in understanding how to play the bass.

On a final note music can be read in tablature form for the bass, the same as the guitar. Tablature is an easy way to read music. When looking at tablature for the bass you will find four lines, representing the four strings. The numbers shown on the strings represent which fret you are to play. Bass tabs can easily be found on the internet, just use a search engine to find what you are looking for.

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