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Ron Carter's Comprehensive Bass Method

Ron Carter's Comprehensive Bass Method

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About the Method Book

This is the centerpiece of the Ron Carter Library.  (He refers to it as "THE book" when talking to his students)

While other bass lesson books teach you arco techniques and how to audition for a classical orchestra, this book is completely different. 

It shows you how the bass functions and the hand positions and locations on the instrument, so you can find those beautiful notes too.   And it has QR codes that link to video demos so you can watch the Maestro play the exercises himself.

With this book, you can do what Carter does every night.  Play rhythm changes all the time, make wonderful blues choruses, or in the Maestro's case, play Little Waltz for 25 years.  And have it be new and fresh every time.

Easy-to-follow, thoroughly explained book includes:

1/2 through 5 1/2 positions
*Horizontal Technique
*Bass solos
*Tips for players
*Improvisation tips
*Ideal for both upright and electric bass.
*Perfect for bass players and teachers alike.


From Ron Carter

"We jazz bassists all have the same notes.  The difference is in our finding different and new places to play them on the instrument.  This is what makes our own sound unique to us" 


"We are fortunate, as students (and we are ALL Ron Carter students), that Sansei has codified his approaches to bass playing into concise and practical methods. Many decades of teaching at the highest level, at schools like Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, and clinics and masterclasses at virtually every top conservatory in the world, ensure his position at the top of the Jazz Bass Totem Pole, and the Bass Education Totem Pole!"

-Steve Bailey, Chair, Bass Department, Professional Performance Division, Berklee College of Music

About Ron Carter 

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. He has recorded over 2200 albums and has a Guinness world record to prove it!

In JazzFrom 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. Over his 60-year career, he has recorded with so many of the jazz greats: Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Bobby Timmons, Eric Dolphy, Cannonball Adderley, and Jaki Byard, to name a few. He can be heard on many iconic jazz records of the '60s and '70 such as Speak No Evil, Maiden Voyage, Red Clay, Speak Like a Child, Nefertiti, and Miles Smiles, to name a few.

In other genres

After leaving the quintet, he embarked on a prolific 50-year freelance career that spanned vastly different music genres and continues to this day. He recorded with Roberta Flack, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, and Aretha Franklin, appeared on the seminal hip-hop album The Low End Theory with a Tribe Called Quest, wrote and recorded pieces for string quartets and Bach chorales for 2-8 basses and accompanied Danny Simmons on a spoken word album.

As a leader

Carter continues to do worldwide tours with his various groups. The Golden Striker Carter Trio, The Foursight quartet, the Ron Carter Nonet, and Ron Carter’s Great Big Band. He has recorded multiple albums with his groups.

As an author

Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, where he explains his creative process and teaches bassists of all levels to improve their skills and develop their own unique sound.

His books share a unique feature he pioneered, that of including QR codes in every book that lead to additional material, enriching the text and making each book that much more valuable.

He also penned his autobiography “Finding the Right Notes,” which is available in print and e-book and also as an audiobook read by the Maestro himself.

As a teacher

Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston, and after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.  He also taught at the Juilliard School and at the Manhattan School of Music.

In film scoring

 In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance.

Film appearances

In 2022 PBS premiered the full-length feature film documentary of Carter's Live and Legend "Finding the Right Notes.  Many jazz documentaries feature the Maestro because of his indelible contribution to the genre, including Ken Burns' Jazz, “Birth of the Cool” about Miles Davis, "It Must Be Schwing," the story of the Blue Note, and many more. He also appeared as himself in HBO’s hit series “Treme” and was the bassist on soundtracks of Twin Peaks, Bird, and way too many others to mention.


Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. 

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