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An icon of the instrument, a jazz giant, and an insightful educator – Ron Carter discusses his latest book aptly entitled CHARTOGRAPHY which transcribes five performances of “Autumn Leaves” as played by Miles Davis' Second Quartet circa 1963-1967. Says Ron: "A single, one-chorus transcription of a bass line you admire cannot help you learn to do it yourself. But if you understand all the elements and the context that went into creating it, you can up your game and learn! RONCARTERBOOKS.com
How does one four string bass become …. over 4000 different basses with an infinite number of harmonic and tonal possibilities?! World class bassist, recording artist, composer, educator, and innovator, among other endeavors, Michael Manring explains why “alternate” tunings are a relatively simple way to improve our playing, expand the scope and range of our artistry, regardless of the genres we work in – from the biggest stages to the garage! Alternative tuning options are simple, and astoundin
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