This deluxe hardcover book designed to lay flat for ease of use is a comprehensive guide to the bass. The guide takes in everything from tuning the instrument to advanced harmony, as well as modern techniques, including slapping and harmonics. You’ll learn to read in both TAB and notation. The Bass Handbook includes a wide range of genres, from rock and blues to jazz, funk, and metal, and exercises in style from 10 great artists, including Paul McCartney, Flea, and James Jamerson. It also contains gear advice, biographies of great bassists, and a 97-track CD of some of the book’s exercises and examples.
The Bass Handbook: The Complete Guide to Mastering the Bass Guitar, by Adrian Ashton, www.backbeatbooks.com.