Stuart Clayton has been a professional musician and writer for over ten years. He has worked as a staff writer for Bass Guitar Magazine since its first issue, written seven bass instruction books for Sanctuary Publishing, including 100 Tips For Bass Guitar You Should Have Been Told, Crash Course: Bass, Bass Xtreme, Basic Bass Workout and Giants Of Bass and toured the world with Carl Palmer. He now runs his own company, Bassline Publishing, which publishes transcription books for legendary bassists such as Mark King, Stuart Hamm, Bernard Edwards and John Entwistle, as well as an acclaimed range of tuition books such as Ultimate Slap Bass and Solo Arrangements for Electric Bass. He is also Head of Bass at the British Institute of Modern Music (Bristol) and is an artist endorsee for Zon basses and Aguilar amplification.
When did you first start writing music books?
I self published a volume of Level 42 Bass Transcriptions back in 2001 (I think) and this became very popular amongst bass players. It inspired me to write a second and third volume and to start thinking about writing other types of books. This lead me to become a writer for Bass Guitar Magazine when it launched and I've been with the magazine ever since. Through the magazine I was asked to write a bass guitar tuition book for Sanctuary Publishing. I did so and they loved it and asked me to do another. At this point I have quit my job and was focusing on music full time, so writing ended becoming a central part of my music career. After writing seven books for Sanctuary I decided to set up my own publishing company in 2005, Bassline Publishing. I continue to run this company and have now published a large range of tuition and transcription books, many of which are also available as Apple interactive books as well as conventional ebooks through Smashwords.
What is your writing process?
I usually make a rough plan of the book I'm planning to write and first separate this up into different sections, then into different chapters. Once I actually start writing it's often the case that the layout and structure of the book change as different ideas occur to me. Sometimes, when writing exercises, the process of creating them inspires more material than originally intended, so the book grows in this way as well.
Giants of Bass – Volume 2 is an in-depth analysis of some of the world’s most influential and respected bass guitarists from the 80s and 90s. An exhaustively-researched biography has been included for each artist, as well as a selected discography, gear analysis and a detailed breakdown of their commonly used playing techniques.
Giants of Bass – Volume 1 is an in-depth analysis of some of the world’s most influential and respected bass guitarists from the 60s and 70s. An exhaustively-researched biography has been included for each artist, as well as a selected discography, gear analysis and a detailed breakdown of their commonly used playing techniques.
Advanced Studies for Bass Guitar contains ten study pieces designed to help the modern bass guitarist develop and master various techniques including slapping, fingerstyle and plectrum playing and the use of harmonics.
Plectrum Technique for Bass Guitar is a complete method for learning to play the bass guitar with a plectrum. It contains 201 exercises plus four study pieces and is suitable for beginners to the technique as well as highly accomplished players.
This book is the third book in the Reading Music series, and build on all of the topics covered in the first two volumes. Additional advanced topics such as odd time signatures and reading on 5-string bass are also covered.
This book is the second in the Reading Music series and builds on many of the topics covered in the first. Additional elements such as triplets, compound time signatures and semiquavers are also introduced.
This book is the first in the Reading Music series and starts from the absolute basics, covering simple rhythm and pitch, dotted and tied notes, using octaves, navigation, time signatures and key signatures.
Ultimate Slap Bass - Advanced edition develops the slap technique through techniques such as double thumbing, open string hammer-ons and combining techniques. The book includes 91 exercises and audio files and backing tracks are available to download separately for each one.
Ultimate Slap Bass - Intermediate edition develops the slap technique through techniques such as double popping, strumming, left hand slapping and machine gun triplets. The book includes 73 exercises and audio files and backing tracks are available to download separately for each one.
Ultimate Slap Bass - Beginner edition covers the slap technique from the absolute basics. The book includes 63 exercises and audio files and backing tracks are available to download separately for each one.
The Bass Player's Guide to Scales & Modes is a complete reference manual for all of the scales, modes and arpeggios used by the modern bass guitarist. Contains exercises that illustrate each scale and concept. Accompanying audio files are available as a free download from the site.