I have been playing guitar and bass for around three years now. A couple of years ago, I bought a different instructional Blues bass book/ CD and found it to be uninspiring. The songs were kind of dry, and although there was good information, it seemed to be more aimed at educating a complete beginner, with a little more emphasis on theory.
Hal Leonards' Blues Bass leans more towards teaching you to perform, without a whole lot of theory. There are several full length Blues songs, such as Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Pride and Joy." But what I really loved was the many, many examples of different turnarounds, intros, endings, and bass patterns for you to creatively use. There are also examples of "stops", "kicks", and chromatic moves to use when transitioning from one key pattern to the next. This really enables you to tastefully change things up in a song so it won't get boring or monotonous, without overdoing it.
Playing the CD made me feel as though I was outside some juke joint that had a swinging Blues band inside, getting down! I have learned a few of the patterns and I am confident that when I am through with this book, I will at least be able to give an entertaining, basic Blues Bass performance. The author, Ed Friedland did an excellent job with this one, and even did a good job on the guitar parts, which he played himself. I knew he was a great bass player, but I did not know he was a trained Blues guitar player, too. Well, it showed, and was on great display.