Karl Coryat's THE BASS PLAYER BOOK is a collection of some of the most helpful articles from Bass Player magazine's first ten years. It is well organized and informative. It contains materials that should prove helpful for beginners, intermediate level players, and 4 string veterans.
Part One contains 15 chapters on Playing the Bass. It covers everything from what to do when you string up your very first bass, to basic theory, to requirements of the working bassist.
Part Two covers equipment in 11 chapters. Here you find informative chapters on how to buy a bass (electric and acoustic), installing strings, setup, amps and effects, uprights, and recording among others.
Part Three includes chapters on 8 of the greatest bass innovators from james Jamerson (of Motown fame) to Jaco, Flea, and Michael Manring. [One shortcoming to be noted - you CANNOT have a section on bass innovators and leave out Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones].
Finally there is a chapter discussing 30 albums every bassist MUST own. Although there some on the list with which any of us would disagree, and others which we would say should have been included, the choice isn't bad. A wide variety of music is represented from reggae to jazz, from country to funk, from blues to latino, from rock to fusion. And Victor's album A SHOW OF HANDS is included here.
For an intermediate level player like myself, there was plenty of helpful and inspiring chapters. I know there are chapters that would have been helpful when I first started, and I can imagine that there is plenty here to please even the virtuosos among us.