Interview with Tim Boomer


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

Rock Early Rock Ex1V4

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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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