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The Ron Carter Library

The Maestro’s complete collection of teaching books, transcriptions, scores and merchandise.


Finding The Right Notes Autobiography Book

Finding the Right Notes. Autobiography available in paperback and E-Book. $29.95
Part jazz history, part American history, and all Carter history. 445 pages including lots of historic photos. A detailed trip through his life from childhood to becoming the world’s most recorded jazz bassist.

Finding The Right Notes

Finding the Right Notes – Available as instant Download or USB drive. $29.95
Read by the Maestro himself! The audio version of the paperback book. 12.5 hours with musical intros to each chapter.



Ron Carter's Comprehensive Bass Method

Ron Carter’s Comprehensive Bass Method | $49.95
Learn from one of the most original, prolific and influential bassists in jazz history. Ideal for both upright and electric bass. Perfect for bass players and teachers alike.

Mix & Match - Ron Carter's Beginner's Guide to Creating Great Bass Lines

Mix & Match
Ron Carter’s Beginner’s Guide to Creating Great Bass Lines $28.50

This book is the answer to the question the Maestro is asked over and over by adult beginning bass players and private and public school music teachers of young students. Simply put, “how do I help my students (or myself) write good bass lines? Where to begin?

This beginner’s guide takes you step by step through the process of writing bass lines, and clearly shows you all the choices of notes you have to work with.

The Music of Ron Carter Behind The Changes

Behind the Changes | $44.95
For the first time, Ron Carter puts down on paper what he has been doing instinctively for over 50 years. How he comes up with all those famous walking bass lines.

Blueprint for the Working Jazz Bassist

Blueprint for the Working Jazz Bassist | $44.95
In this book Ron Carter teaches every working bassist – from beginners to accomplished pros- how to create their own unique sound. The sound that will give them a lifelong career as a working bassist, who is hired over and over again because people know that unique sound and want it on their records and on their stage. This book is an easy-to-follow blueprint of exactly how to write your own bass lines. It also has tips learned over a lifetime on how to warm up, how to perform with an unfamiliar bass and more.

Ron Carter Song Book

The Ron Carter Songbook | $29.95
136 pages of Ron Carter’s best tunes. Includes Little Waltz, Eighty-One and 117 more. Perfect for bass players and teachers alike.


Ron Carter's Big Band Arrangements

Ron Carter Big Band Scores arranged by Rich DeRosa | $99.00
It’s one thing to play a classic Ron Carter tune in a combo. It’s a whole other experience to play the big band versions. If Carter is “from the planet of elegance” these swinging scores are his national anthem.

These 10 tunes are consistently played worldwide in the most iconic jazz clubs, but there’s no reason every university and community big band can’t do the same.

Choose from 10 tunes written by Ron Carter and arranged by Rich DeRosa

Ron Carter Scores

Ron Carter Scores for Cello, Violin, Viola | $24.00
Full score for Viola and 4 Cellos. 4 pieces written and arranged by Ron Carter.
Loose Change: 4 Cellos
Desert Winds: 4 Cellos
2+1=4: Cello, Violin, Viola
Serenade: 4 Cellos, Viola

Ron Carter Meets Bach

Ron Carter Meets Bach – Pieces for 2-8 basses | $24.95
Ron Carter arrangements of 13 JS Bach compositions for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 basses


Chartography - Reinvented Transcriptions

Chartography – Reinvented Transcriptions | $44.95
This book transcribes 5 performances of Autumn Leaves, as played by Miles Davis’ Second Quartet, during 1963-1967.

It shows you the original changes and then how they evolved over time.

By looking at how a bass line evolved over multiple choruses and performances, you will understand that a one-chorus transcription cannot help a bass player find out how that bass line was actually built. much less how to write one like it himself.

There are QR codes to recordings of those performances so you can hear how the other musicians reacted to changes in the bass line.

The five performances of Autumn Leaves include:

Monterey Jazz Festival 9/20/1963
Miles in Berlin 9/25/1964
Stadthalle Sindelfingen 10/8/1964
Plugged Nickel 12/23/1965
Rotterdam 10/30/1967

The Art Of Ron Carter

The Art of Ron Carter 1963-1967 PDF | $29.95
Transcriptions and analysis of selected bass lines 1963-1967. A comprehensive insight to the musical style of the most recorded bassist in the history of jazz. Invaluable information for any bass player who wants to make progress as a musician.


Ron Carter Planet of Elegance T shirt

Ron Carter Planet of Elegance T shirt | $29.95
This is your first-class ticket to the Planet of Elegance. Get on board now!100% super-soft cotton tee shirt defines the Maestro’s essence of cool sophistication not just in music – but in fashion as well. Why not join him on your own planet?

Plus – it’s a great conversation starter….

The Golden Striker Trio - Limited Audiophile Signed Edition The Golden Striker Trio – Limited Audiophile Signed Edition | $39.99

Only 2000 of these albums were signed by Ron Carter and individually numbered, so get this collector’s edition while you can and add it to your Ron Carter Library! The Golden Striker Trio Live at The Theaterstubche in Kassel features Donald Vega on piano, Russell Malone on guitar and the legendary bassist Ron Carter on bass. It was recorded live in on 10/30/2016 in Kessel, Germany.

Ron Carter Face Mask

Ron Carter Face Masks | $17.50
It’s more important than ever that we take care of each other. We made these 100% cotton, triple-layer masks for protection first, and also for comfort and breathability. COMFORTABLE TO WEAR: Washable and reusable with comfortable ear loops.
BEST PRACTICES: Wash your hands before putting on and removing mask, avoid touching your face while wearing the mask.
SUITABLE USES: Great for everyday use! Works well on hot summer days while exercising, or for casual use around town.

Ron Carter Baseball Cap

Ron Carter Baseball Cap

Ron Carter Baseball Cap | $29.95
The best way to let everyone know that you too are from the planet of elegance!

100% highest quality cotton
White embroidered logo
One size fits all
Adjustable cloth strap in back with metal fastener – (no cheap plastic snap-ins)

The end of your search for the perfect “merch”, pride of place in your collection.
‘This is the only baseball cap that looks great with the logo facing front!”
-Ron Carter


Foursight vol. 1 Double Vinyl

Foursight vol. 1 Double Vinyl Album | $39.99
AUDIOPHILE EDITION – 180 GRAM VINYL – DOUBLE ALBUMThis ambitious record is a must-have for vinyl enthusiasts and all Ron Carter fans.
Features Renee Rosnes (piano) Payton Crossley (Drums) Jimmy Greene (sax) and the legendary Ron Carter on bass
It was recorded live in Sweden on 11/17/2018.
Tunes on this double-album are:
Little Waltz
Cominando, Reprise
You and the Night and the Music
My Funny Valentine
Mr. Bow Tie


The Music of Sir Ron Carter



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