Black Sabbath - Riff by Riff Bass
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The most comprehensive bass book ever on the music of Black Sabbath! Features over 130 annotated, note-for-note excerpts from Black Sabbath through Mob Rules, in-depth lessons, a history of the band, info on their gear setups, lots of photos, and much more. Songs include: Am I Going Insane * Black Sabbath * Bassically * Dirty Women * Heaven and Hell * Into the Void * Iron Man * The Mob Rules * Paranoid * Rat Salad * Supernaut * Sweet Leaf * and more.Also available:02500116 Riff by Riff Guitar $14.95
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1106580 in Books
- Brand: Cherry Lane
- Model: 2500117
- Published on: 2000-11-01
- Released on: 2000-11-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .20" h x 8.90" w x 11.70" l, .60 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 80 pages
- Includes bass TAB80 pagesSize: 12" x 9"Composer: Rich ZurkowskiISBN: 1575602652
Lacking key elements, e.g. incomplete, inaccurate
Although some of the material transcribed in "Riff by Riff" is useful, I found it to be lacking some key elements. First of all, it seems safe to assume that anyone interested in purchasing this book would do so for the purpose of accurately learning Butler's basslines, which can contain some rather tricky parts. I was frustrated to find that most of the transcriptions stop at the most complicated and difficult points in the songs, and are left for the reader/listener to work out for themselves (particularly since these parts were the entire reason I bought the book in the first place). Considering that the book is not even a complete anthology of the band's music, it would be nice if, at the very least, the material included was complete. In addition, some of the songs are transcribed in the wrong key. For instance, "Snowblind" is moved a complete minor third from C# to E. Again, it seems like anyone that would go to the troble of purchasing this book instead of taking their chances with some online tabs would want accuracy. That made me wonder if anyone even went to the trouble of editing this book before it went to print. Ultimately, this could have been a good book if anyone had gone to the trouble of actually finishing it.
This book does not include the entire songs, it include the riffs. I would also have to agree with other reviews, I beleive some of the notes are off. They just dont sound right. I have seen better bass tab books.
This book includes not only the riffs from the most popular Black Sabbath songs but also lots of explanations about Geezer Butler's playing style and about the songs themselves. I found it very helpful.