Wheat's BassBook

URL http://www.wheatdesign.com/bassbook/
Description James "Wheatbread" Martin's free, extensive, on-line book covering all facets, including the basics, walking, and even equipment.
Posted By ActiveBass
Directory Instruction: On-Line
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On 8/4/2004, Tim Hanttula (564) posted:
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Great site, best of all it's free!!
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 8/1/2004, Alex Newbury (5756) posted:
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One morning, i woke up and thought 'i have no idea about scales or how to read them/use them etc' so, i went to activebass and found a link to wheats bass book. I spent a few hours on there, learning scales and other handy tips. if i had a printer on the pc i was on i would have printed it off, as it is arranged so you can easily print off the whole of each book.
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 12/14/2003, Anthony DeFiore (759) posted:
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Very good web site i am a beginner an it helped me to get started better then any other instructional website
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 7/28/2003, Liam Gaughan (621) posted:
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Dude this book is amazing it has made me a far better player i recomend it to anyone, everyone will read and learn something new!
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 4/10/2003, Stephen Potts (14309) posted:
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Probably one of the best websites on the web for general bass concepts and tips. This is definitely a keeper!
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 11/2/2002, Amanda Weekman (49) posted:
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It really helped me! Its very informitive, it teches basics like popping,sliding,bending,slapping,and more!i reccomend it to neone learning to play =)
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 8/7/2002, John Cargin (71) posted:
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This is a great website for the beginner or someone who just needs to brush up on their knowledge of the bass guitar. It has all the information you need to start playing bass. All of the information is laid out in an easy to understand format. I would give this website a ten star rating if it were possible to do so.
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 6/16/2002, VICTORIA SMITH (59) posted:
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Wow!!!!! This is absolutely brilliant, there's nothing else on the web like it. Even experts may find it useful.
Suitable for beginner bassists
On 6/12/2002, Helgi Briem (3808) posted:
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Wheat's Bass Book, now in its 5th incarnation, is quite simply, the best bass resource on the internet. The author, James Martin, is a graphical designer and it shows in the clarity and simplicity of his layout.

The book is well thought out and has a logical progression of chapters in three sections. The first is mainly on technique and how to play, the second on theory and the third includes miscellaneous topics such as rehearsing with a band and reading music.

Unlike books made out of dead trees, Wheat's book has continued to evolve and improve from the day when it first came out.

I cannot recommend this resource highly enough.
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 3/28/2002, Stuart Craig (2469) posted:
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A very easy to use, informative and free resource. One can easily recognize a labor of love...well done!
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 7/23/2001, Paul Hinsberger (272) posted:
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New URL: http://www.wheatdesign.com/bassbook/index.html A labor of love. A lot of info. Really suitable for all bassists- there's something for evreyone here.
Suitable for beginner bassists
On 7/23/2001, Kia Sidbury (96) posted:
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This book is a great beginner's tool. My previous bass instructor used it in teaching me.
Suitable for beginner bassists
On 11/30/2000, Brien McCarty (1730) posted:
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DOH! Great site. The whole book is online, so you can read it whenever. Extremely valuable as a resource.
Suitable for all skill levels of bassists
On 9/24/2000, utterlycompletenewbie posted:
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I know nothing about music, playing bass or anything, but want to get started. i just read this online book and it's absolutely great, i think. covers everything from basics to advanced stuff. better than any of the commercial books i looked at. definitely convinced me to get going.
Suitable for beginner bassists