[To my English-speaking friends] The Contemporary Bassist is out now!

I hope this post finds you well. Just a quick note to let you know that my bestseller, Bassista Contemporaneo vol.1, is now available in English with the title THE CONTEMPORARY BASSIST.

This book is a full, comprehensive course to learn play the bass from scratch while at the same time developing a wide range of musical skills (aural, rhythmic, technical, and so forth), in a step by step process. And you’ll learn reading music (no tabs, by the way!).

As of today, you can get your copy it on Amazon Italy (but will be shipped everywhere). There are just a few copies available, because I first need to understand if A. will actually help me distribute my book (or better find other ways)

This is the link: https://www.amazon.it/Contemporary-Bassist-vol-1-English-version/dp/B091KVNJ2J/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=tiziano+zanotti&qid=1649844001&sprefix=%2Caps%2C82&sr=8-3

Please check it out if you are interested!


P.S. Over the years I have produced a lot of supporting material to help my students and make their bass learning experience more interesting and effective, including loads of video lessons. Wherever possible, I’ll take care to have this stuff progressively translated or subtitled in English 🙂


Short interactive course “Rhythm is not a matter of opinion” (10 videos to learn the sense of rhythm)


Could you please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you find it difficult to “stay with the beat” while you’re playing, on the contrary you tend to stammer after the first few seconds?
  • Do you find it hard to feel the steady pulse flowing beneath any music piece?
  • Do you play out of time when you tap the rhythm with your foot?
  • Do you suffer from upbeat-downbeat confusion?
  • Are even times a mystery as obscure and inscrutable as Stonehenge?

If you have answered YES to just one of these questions, it means you haven’t devoted enough time to develop your rhythmic skills as a musician.

Even more, it means you haven’t practised in the best possible way to learn the essential rhythmic foundations you need if you want to play any type of music.

What’s more dreadful than an out-of-time musician???

This mini-course will therefore rescue you!

To acquire good rhythmic skills (the ones that every good musician should have), there is nothing better than practising hand-clapping.

This is because by clapping your hand, you can actually become one with the rhythm you are playing. Rhythm will vibrate in your body and will then convert into a very clear inner pulsation.

Both my students at BassLab (Bologna) and those who are using my method “Contemporary Bassist” know that we use hand-clapping from as early as Lesson 1, because this practice will change their life as a musician!


That’s the reason why I have decided to create this course, i.e. 10 INTERACTIVE VIDEOS designed to help you develop your rhythmic perception and your rhythm-keeping skills.

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[Gift for non-Italians] Aspiring bassist? New bass ebook for you!

I have recently published a free ebook to teach music students the first elements of the electric bass. It is designed as an introduction to my method “Bassista contemporaneo” and it’s been receiving very positive comments from many users. Therefore I have decided to translate it into English, so as to be able to help my bass followers from other countries!

free-electric-bass-methodYou can download it from my website at this link: www.tizianozanotti.com/free-bass-book (you will have to enter you name and email, after all I need to be sure you are really interested and willing to use it… no time waste!!!).

Not a two-page leaflet with a couple of exercises, but 40 thick pages with 5 chapters + 22 mp3 files to play along. Free!

It is a very practical booklet which teaches you the main things you need to know to effectively approach the 4-string bass from scratch, enabling you to immediately put your hands on the instrument.

Of course these lessons have a very elementary level because their purpose is to gradually introduce you to the electric bass, but I am sure they will help you start in the correct way… playing your first bass lines from day 1.

Hope you enjoy it!

PS.1 Maybe you are not a bass player, but a friend of yours is instead. Tell them to visit this page because they might like it a lot!
No need to tell you the music tracks can be used to play along with any instrument. If you are not a bassist but play something else, you can use them anyway (you see what I mean?).
PS.3 I am working to have Bassista Contemporaneo released in English by the end of 2015. Stay tuned!

Tired of using the same old scales?? Challenge yourself!

If you answered YES to this question, this post is right for you. If you answered NO, then you are ready to take up the challenge! Keep on reading.

The whole thing started with a video of one of my songs and then with the decision to send a creative gift to the readers of my school newsletter. “Jingle a specchio” is an evocative song I composed for Specchio Asimmetrico a special audiovisual project for my stylus contrabass. Here I am playing it in Minsk, where I went with my electric bass due to some logistic reasons.

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How many things can we do with a pentatonic scale?

Hi! Another post in English for my friends around the world!


In this post I’d like to analyse the pentatonic scale, how it is generated and how it can be used creatively. By the way, this post is to be considered as a development of the latest two posts, i.e. “Not so blue: the blues scale in 5 steps” and “Not so blues on the bass”, therefore I suggest you go and read them first to make the most of this one.

How is the pentatonic scale produced?
There are several methods to create a five sound (penta-tonic) scale within an octave. The most common is to start from a major scale and eliminate all half step intervals, so as to obtain just step or minor third intervals.

Figure 1

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2. Not so Blue on the bass

Hi! Another post in English for my friends around the world!


In my previous article 1. Not so Blue: the blues scale in 5 steps, I covered a subject that drew the interest of many, considering the number of daily views: the blues scale, and my 5-step approach to play it in an original, creative and very effective way. I suggest you read that article first, and watch the video (below) where I apply the techniques I have explained.

As I promised last time, here are a few tips about what I did in the video and how to apply these techniques on the electric bass and the double bass. Let’s start by viewing the blues scale on the bass fret board. In figure 1 you can see the D minor pentatonic in the so-called “oblique shapes”

Figure 1

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