Patrick Pfeiffer

Bassist/educator on how he came to write Bass Guitar for Dummies

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
October 24, 2022

Patrick Pfeiffer is no doubt a familiar name to countless bass players around the world, particularly newcomers to the instrument. He’s the author of Bass Guitar for Dummies, part of the enormously popular book series that offers approachable guides for beginners in a variety of subjects. Pfeiffer is also a respected performer, composer and educator known for his mastery of the 6-string fretless electric bass. 

An alumnus of the Arizona State University and the New England Conservatory of Music, Patrick has played and recorded with the likes of George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, Babatunde Olatunji and Al Di Meola. The German-born bassist has also been an instructor to a number of high profile students, including Adam Clayton of U2 and Jean-Louis Locas of Cirque du Soleil. In addition to writing Bass Guitar for Dummies, Pfeiffer has authored several other books, including Daily Grooves for Bass. His solo jazz album Fruits and Nuts and Soul of the City was released in 1999.  

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Bass Guitar for Dummies






Comments on Patrick Pfeiffer

  1. Keith says:

    Patrick’s Bass Guitar for Dummies is one of the best, if not THE best, bass books that I’ve used so far!!!

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Glad to hear that, Keith! Thanks for weighing in.

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