Written by UK session legend Paul Westwood, the Bass Bible is a book filled with more styles of music than you thought existed. There are bass lines in the style of bass legends as well as grooves from around the world including many South American and African styles. If you feel like you play a lot of the same kind of music and fancy a change then get this book.
I read this book cover to cover around the time I went into music full time when I was 22. I learnt a lot from it in terms of what you need gear wise as well as the knowledge and etiquette on a gig (actually you really learn that by just doing it, making all kinds of mistakes and then trying never to make those again!).
This book is extremely thick! If you are interested in getting your jazz theory up then this is the book for you. It is very comprehensive. No TAB so if you can read music that is a bonus. A lot of treble clef and piano stuff too so you can also use this to get your piano skills together.
There are many Aebersold books out there and this was the first one I got when I was a kid. They are play-a-long books that teach you how to improvise. Go to www.jazzbooks.com and check out the entire range. If you don't have access to a group of musicians to play with and experiment then this is the next best thing.
Afro-Cuban music is such a beautiful and challenging style if you are used to more contemporary styles. If you want to improve your rhythmic sense, groove, feel and timing then this book is highly recommended. Another one of the books I studied when I was younger (it terrorised me!!).
Victor Wooten's semi-autobiographical work of fiction is a great read and recommended for anyone looking for the more spiritual, deeper side of music. We all know that you need technique, a knowledge of theory etc. to become a good musician and no one exemplifies that more than Victor Wooten. However, this book is more of a philosophical look at music and a bigger picture than just music. It's quite zen and requires you to think a little which is no bad thing!
This book is based on the original 'The Inner Game of Tennis' (I highly recommend that book too even if you're not into tennis). The mental side of performance has always fascinated me and it seems to me that musicians should work on this as much as technique or learning tunes. It took me a couple of goes to get through this book as I wasn't ready for it the first time round. But if you are interested in the mental side of performance and practice (and I think you should be!) this is worth reading. 1e1e36bf2d