This is the fourth of Hal Leonard’s Bass Bible series that I’ve reviewed. So far I’ve looked at The Pop Rock Bass Bible, The Funk Bass Bible and The R’n’B Bass Bible.
Oh and I also looked at the daddy of them all, The Bass Tab White Pages.
The Hard Rock Bass Bible features the notation and tab to 32 songs in its 220 odd pages. The songs are: Addicted To That Rush, Aqualung, Barracuda, Been Caught Stealing, Bulls on Parade, Calling Dr Love, Crazy Train, Cult of Personalilty (MY FAVOURITE!), Empire, Fool For Your Loving, Get The Funk OUt, Highway Star, I’ll See The Love TOngiht, Livin’ On A Prayer, Mississippi Queen, Mr Brownstone, No One Likes You, Peace Sells, rainmaker, Runnin’ With The Devil, School’s Out, Smokin’ In The Boys Room,. St.Anger, Sweet Leaf, The Lemon Song, Up All Night, Walk This Way, White Wedding, Won’t get Fooled Again, Would, Yankee Rose, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin.’
Unlike the Bass Tab White Pages, Hal Leonard’s Bass Bible series are all printed on decent quality paper. But like the White Pages, the book doesn’t come in a spiral bound form – which means it’s utterly useless on a music stand so you’ve either got to break the spine of the book to make it stand on a music stand, or break the spine to photocopy the pages you want to put them on a music stand.
WHEN WILL MUSIC PUBLISHERS LEARN THAT THICK MUSIC BOOKS NEED TO BE SPIRAL BOUND? (Uh, probably never dude. )
The Hard Rock Bass Bible is another cheap ($17.95 in the US) way to add another 30 songs to your collection of basslines. There’s quite a range of tunes in this volume, in terms of ability level. There are some pretty easy tunes (Living on A Prayer, White Wedding), and some much harder ones too (Addicted to That Rush, Cult of Personality. If you’re into this genre of music you could do worse than get hold of this volume and work your way through it.