How to Master the Electric Bass

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“In his book ‘How to Master the Electric Bass’ Howard Head is introducing a very wide range of basic concepts for the beginning bass student, regardless of musical style. In the introduction of this book he says it all: ‘this book will not tell you what to play, but instead, give you all the tools and knowledge to help you nurture your own sound and playing style’. And that is exactly what Howard does. 

All the important things that you need to know when you start your bass career are discussed. Topics as varied as setting up your bass, gear advice and even records and music film recommendations are covered in the first part of the book. In the second part Howard explains how to play the instrument, treating the basics of techniques such as finger style, pick playing and slap bass and also how to read music (in tabs and standard notation). Every exercise is provided with a thorough explanation, which makes it easy for the student to understand.

A large part of the book is devoted to learning how to master the fretboard. It is explained for four, five and six string bass. Howard does this on the basis of scales, making use of fretboard diagrams. 

The last part of the book treats the theoretical side of music. Understanding rhythms, scales and harmony, the circle of fifths, intervals, chord function and modes.

Along with this extended book Howard also provides audio recordings and backing tracks of every exercise. How to master the electric bass is very thorough study for every serious bass students. I recommend this book to everyone picking up the bass, no matter what musical genre you want to play.”

Barend Tromp (bassist, bass teacher, reviewer and author of Next Level Slap Bass)

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This book will save you ££££’s in tuition fees


How to Master the Electric Bass is for any serious bass player, from beginner to advanced. If you’re new to bass, this book will surely fast track your progression, and if you’re a seasoned pro, I’m certain that you’ll pick up some useful knowledge!


Master the Fretboard • Recommended Listening • Equipment Guide • Set-up Guide • 50+ Fingerstyle, Plectrum & Slap Bass Exercises • Understanding Rhythms • Understanding Scales & Harmony



  • A set-up guide to help you play more efficiently, comfortably and better sounding. There’s also a detailed section on gear, strings, amps, speakers and effects pedals.
  •  50+ exercises with audio tracks, detailing playing methods such as fingerstyle, plectrum and slap!
  • A dedicated chapter to help you master the fretboard in every key centre, allowing you to expand and eventually get away from box shapes.
  • A section on rhythm to help you understand note values, metre and playing with ‘feel.’
  • After getting all the notes under your fingers, we can then put them into context through understanding scales and harmony, where I go through music theory in a logical and precise way that anyone could understand. After this section, you’ll be able to have a conscious understanding of the relationship between notes, making it easier for you to communicate your ideas musically and engage more with the harmony members in your band.


Guaranteed to improve your bass playing or your money back!


Is your playing stuck in a rut? You see, after many years of music education and learning to play the electric bass, I feel I had been taught somewhat backwards! For instance, I’ve met many musicians who kept trying to learn advanced concepts before they had even grasped the basics! It seems they were attempting things without knowing what they were trying to accomplish, which is just crazy! If you’re learning something as complex as music, you can’t possibly build knowledge on top of confusion!

I made this book to bring clarity to the confusion of music, made worse by the wealth of information on the internet. I’ve built the knowledge up from the beginning, and I’m teaching you in order how you should be taught. From defining what music is? To explaining the modes from the melodic minor and what chords to use them over.

How to master the Electric Bass breaks each complicated concept into simple bitesize chunks, written in a sequence to maximize understanding.


253 pages


This book would’ve saved me years of learning if there was one like it when I picked up the instrument!

‘It is a great book for beginners to get into bass playing with a teacher, and it is a very good reference for the intermediate and advanced player for fretboard knowledge and harmony.’ – Roth Academy


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5 reviews for How to Master the Electric Bass

  1. Alfie Edward

    Excellent, comprehensive guide on how to play the electric bass. Worth picking up!

  2. KC

    Covers all bases ;), great illustrations and I find the scales and exercises particularly useful.

  3. JD

    Great book for the beginner and enthusiast alike, excellent book for any bass player.

  4. Millsie (verified owner)

    Great book for a budding Geddy Lee!
    It is well laid out and describes each section in great detail aided with pictures. This makes it easy to follow and understand and will soon get your fingers running up and down the fret board.
    If you are thinking about learning to play the bass then I would recommend you buying this book.

  5. Ian

    This is a great asset to any aspiring bass player.

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