Interview with Tim Boomer

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This interview is courtesy of Sharp and Pointed a blog from our publisher See Sharp Press. Tim Boomer is the author of The Bassist’s Bible: How to Play Every Bass Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco, and has played in many bands since the 1960s. He’s also a computer expert and web designer, whose sites…

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Bass Clef and Tabs

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The first edition of The Bassist’s Bible did not include TABs but with the 2nd Edition, each example was re-written to include them. I am sure that not all of the examples have “common” fingering, though I tried to keep my personal bias out of it, but some times a…

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PJACK – New Bass

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I have mentioned Paul Jackson many times in my blog, videos, and on the Bassist’s Bible site and have been fortunate to be able to say he is a contributor to my book and a friend. As his web designer we have had a lot of discussions about his approach…

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Waiting for Paul

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I had gotten to the club in the Mission district by 6pm – a little before the agreed upon time. It was June 18th, 2008. Listening to an old live Headhunters broadcast from Keystone Berkeley, I marveled at the rich, syncopated bass lines I was hearing again. With my amp…

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Working with your drummer.

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It is sometimes surprising to hear the way that some style’s bass lines are different than what you might expect when just listening to the drum groove. For example: in Country music the Train Beat is really busy – suggesting the movement of a train on the tracks. While the…

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Bass Player Magazine Review

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The first edition of the Bassist’s Bible was reviewed by Bass Player Magzine a couple of months after it was first published. Here is text of the review. ARTISTS//REVIEWS Tim Boomer With Mick Berry And Chaz Bufe: The Bassists Bible BY JONATHAN HERRERA November 1, 2009 This cool new book…

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The Sound of Ska

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There is something so definitive about certain styles of music. You hear a walking bass line, where the bassist plays a changing melodic pattern while still playing evenly on every beat in 4/4 time and it might evoke Jazz, Jump Blues, or Rockabilly. The tempo, or speed that the song…

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The Legba Beat and the Migration of Styles Across the Globe

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It is no coincidence that we chose New Orleans Funk as the opening style of the Funk chapter in my book, The Bassist’s Bible. New Orleans Funk is not only a foundation in the larger style of Funk, historically, but we also used it to introduce the musical concept of…

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