Books and Media

Books and Media

Montage of books for upright bass playersWe've been gradually adding more and more great books, CDs and DVDs to our offerings at Gollihur Music. We started with the Essential Elements series (3 books, 3 CDs, and a DVD for under $25? Outrageous!) and built from there. We've got some great concert DVDs, the "Real Book" for bass, a bunch of excellent instructional DVDs and books for players of all levels, and even a couple detailed volumes on building and maintaining your own upright basses.

As far as instructional materials go, I will always suggest that you start your upright bass adventures by studying with an experienced and schooled teacher. However, I recognize that both geography and cost can get in the way of that method, as quality teachers are not so easy to find in every nook and cranny of the world. And even getting a couple introductory lessons can give you a solid, bad-habit-free start to your self-study.

As always, if you don't know for sure where to start, please feel free to email or call us to get the straight talk.

  • Books 1 and 2

    Enjoy the Double Bass, Instruction Books/CDs

    Hal Leonard

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    Enjoy the Double Bass, Vol 1 & 2Double Bass Method with Piano Accompaniment Book/CDThis method for learning upright bass has some similarities to the Simandl exercises, but has some guidance for self-learners (the Simandl book has exercises only.)...
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  • Jazz Bass on Top - Left-Hand Technique Book by Andy McKee

    Jazz Bass on Top - Left-Hand Technique Book by Andy McKee

    Hal Leonard

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    Andy McKee has performed for over 25 years with many jazz greats, playing all over the world. He began his career in Philadelphia with musicians like Hank Mobley, Johnny Hartman, Slide Hampton, Clarence “Cee”Sharp and Philly Joe Jones - who...
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  • Ray Brown's Bass Method - Instructional Exercises Book

    Ray Brown's Bass Method - Instructional Exercises Book

    Hal Leonard

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    Essential Scales, Patterns and ExercisesLegendary, prolific jazz bassist -- and teacher -- Ray Brown reveals his lessons and teaching philosophy in this book. Not really a "beginner's" book, it is a fairly intensive study on finger positions, scales, and...
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  • Rockabilly Bass - Slap Technique by Johnny Hatton

    Rockabilly Bass - Slap Technique by Johnny Hatton

    Hal Leonard

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    Slap Technique and the Rudiments of Rockin' String BassWho better to teach the fundamentals of slap bass than someone who has a career spanning from Elvis to Brian Setzer? Johnny Hatton has left quite a impression on the slap bass world over the past 40...
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  • Charles Mingus - More Than a Play-Along (Book + Audio)

    Charles Mingus - More Than a Play-Along (Book + Audio)

    Hal Leonard

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    With a 64-page book chock full of charts, performance notes, rare photos and more, this book gets the essential Mingus into your hands. And the (included) pair of Downloadable CDs, featuring performances by members of the Mingus Big Band, brings the...
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  • Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book

    Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book

    Hal Leonard

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    Transcriptions with Notes and MoreA tribute to Ray Brown including 18 transcriptions of the jazz great's classic performances, including special performance notes, photos, and a foreword by contemporary jazz virtuoso Christian McBride.Brown is well-known...
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  • The Real Book, Volume I (Bass Clef Edition)

    The Real Book, Volume I (Bass Clef Edition)

    Hal Leonard

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    What's a real book?It's a book containing the sheet music for hundreds of popular jazz "standards", in a very concise format. It's done this way for easy sight-reading - as well as to allow room for so many songs in a single book! So, rather than full...
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  • All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Bass - Book with Audio Play Along

    All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Bass - Book with Audio Play Along

    Hal Leonard

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    Ok, tutorials and lesson books are fine, but sometimes you just want to play with the band! This book helps you to learn the tunes, and the Downloadable CD gives you the musicians to play with! There's no better aid to learning than jamming with other...
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  • Big Band Play-Along, "Standards" - Book with Play-Along Audio Tracks

    Big Band Play-Along, "Standards" - Book with Play-Along Audio Tracks

    Hal Leonard

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    A Play-Along book/CD set can be a great way to practice and learn the popular songs of your favorite genre. This set is focused on Standards, and features an amazing list of big band arrangements that you'll surely recognize. The book features...
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  • Double Bass Sight Reading - A Fresh Approach

    Double Bass Sight Reading - A Fresh Approach

    Hal Leonard

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    This 104 page book is very comprehensive; Authors John Kember and David Stark have put together a huge collection of pieces to engage the player to develop one's sight-reading skills. The book features 195 carefully-graded sight-reading pieces and...
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  • New Orleans Classics - Book with Play-Along Audio Tracks

    New Orleans Classics - Book with Play-Along Audio Tracks

    Hal Leonard

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    Play bass, tuba or Sousaphone* with a New Orleans jazz/dixieland band! Perfect for practice, rehearsal, performance, auditions, contest solos, and more!Many people consider New Orleans the birthplace of jazz. After all, Louis Armstrong was born and...
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  • Twenty-One Studies: Stories for Solo Double Bass

    Twenty-One Studies: Stories for Solo Double Bass

    Hal Leonard

    Our Low Price: $11.99
    Twenty-One Studies: Stories for Solo Double Bass[Etiudowe oczko: Opowiesci na kontrabas solo]This book - in both English and Polish - features 21 Etudes for double bass, by Ryszard Kusek. The difficulty level of the etudes is fairly easy, as these etudes...
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