Essential Music Theory for Electric Bass is designed to help guide a beginning music theory dialogue between bass instructor and bass student in private bass guitar lessons. Six areas of music theory are covered: The major scale, the natural minor scale, intervals, triads, seventh chords and harmonized major and minor scales. Fingerings, intervallic structures and note names are also diagramed in each chapter.
Each chapter contains a thorough written review to test the reader's understanding of concepts, and an answer key is available in the back of the book. Chapters are laid out one concept at a time, creating focus for each of these fundamental elements of music theory. Test worksheet sections feature four-string bass fretboard diagrams for labeling, fill-in-the-blank questions, and true-false questions, and a final review is also included. With its big bold examples that are easy for both instructor and student to view from a music stand, "Essential Music Theory For Electric Bass" is an essential beginning method for beginning bass students, or for intermediate to advanced players who would like a thorough review of music theory concepts, applied directly to the electric bass.
The book is recommended for use in the course of study with a professional bass instructor, though many players find the book to be useful in self-study. A good bass teacher will help explain and demonstrate theory concepts in a live setting and also shed additional light in terms of alternate fingerings, ear training and gaining full technical mastery of theory concepts across the entire fingerboard.
The book was first published independently in 1996 by Robert Garner, and has been mentioned in Bass Player, Bass Frontiers, and Bassics bass magazines. Online music retailers currently stocking the book include Sam Ash, Elderly Instruments, and Music Books Plus. Garner has taught over 1,000 bass students, and created the book to use as a guide to basic music theory concepts, both in theory and technical application on the four-string electric bass. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and also studied at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas.
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