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The Quest for the Melodic Electric Bass


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Part 1 Setting the Pace: Getting to the base of things. On popular music. The work. Part 2 The Melodic Electric Bass: Establishing Style as Performance: The bass in popular music. Style and genre. Details, features, and idiosyncrasies. Part 3 Toward a Performance Aesthetic: Studio bass vs. band bass. Artists, performance style, and aesthetics. On the decline? Wrapping up.

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Per Elias Drablos is an Associate Professor at the University of Agder, Norway, teaching electric bass as a principal instrument. He is also a regular member of the music group Secret Garden, with 5 million CDs sold worldwide.


"The depth to which Drablos had delved in order to track down details of recordings, the pleasing fluency of his writing, and the consistency and excellent of his transcriptions and their analysis will make the book worth returning to." - Allan F. Moore, The World of Music (New Series)

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