Billy Sheehan Advanced Bass (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2004
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Billy also states the point of view that practicing some routines for their own sake rather than songs improves capability and that repetoire can be drawn on later. This is a case of a player describing what he does and what they wished they had known. He says many times to pick what appeals from his samples of ideas. I like that and I like the ways he fits those comments around the way his own playing and playing preferences have evolved. He helped me understand why I have always had a nagging thought about separate amping of pickups. He also provided some very concise ideas on harmonics. All in all I found the book and DVD combo well worth the money. In short what he says plus what he plays on the DVD are both informative (unlike the Hal Leonard Flea DVD which I bought at the same time where what he plays is ok but what he says is cliched and empty of meaning).
This is absolutely not an instructional book/DVD for an advanced bass player. There are zero exercises in this book. Instead, the book/dvd combo is filled primarily with the following sections: amp and equipment, strap length, stage presence, bending the neck, and a few brief discussions of actual technique (natural harmonics, pitch harmonics, and two hand tapping). I'm not even joking, this is literally mis-labelled as being an "advanced book". If you have been playing bass for more than a month, you probably already know everything in this book... there is almost nothing useful here that you couldn't garner from reading forum postings on the web.
The music exercises (on the aforementioned areas: natural harmonics, pinch harmonics, two hand tapping) have a single measure exercise on a single page and the DVD doesn't even go that far. The DVD basically amounts to an interview with Billy and the book just reiterates the same points with a slight increase in content.
The bottom line: this is not a worthwhile purchase unless you are an absolute beginner (then you can learn more from reading a whole page on strap length and four pages on amps). Do not be misled by the "advanced" title. This is strictly a book for the rookie. I regret this purchase and am very disappointed.
An aside: neck bending is not really that useful, don't do it unless you play a Fender style bass and you can afford to replace the neck in a few years.