Beyond the Bass Clef (BOOK)
This is the book of what I've gleaned from my years as a touring and
recording bass player, in Rock, Jazz and Clasical music. Is it pearls of
wisdom from an experienced pro, or rambling drivel from a burnt out road dog?
I guess that's up to you the readers. (Reviews have been kind.) The book has
anecdotes from the road, essays, advice, cartoons and more - all with humor
and a sense of how special it is to be a musician and working with other
The most often quoted excerpt from the book is "In the Beginning" -
a quasi biblical chapter about bass playing - it's circulated around all the
Net numerous times, as forwarded humor.
An early review: ".... a fun melange of wisdom that could have come only
from someone who's logged as many road miles and studio hours as Tony Levin.
At times whimsical and at times profound, the book provides a unique glimpse
into the life of a top-echelon working musician. Nowhere else can you learn
as much about bass and life--we all benefit from Tony's decades of experience
------Karl Coryat, Senior Editor, Bass
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