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Walking bas s lines ar e s ome of the neates t and mos t melodic s ounding par ts we get to play as bas s is ts . T hos e of you who ar e fans of s wing j azz, blues , or boogie ar e pr obably alr eady familiar with the walking bas s s ound. Mos t of us as s ociate the walking bas s s ound with a s teady quarter note puls e that outlines the harmony of the tune, us ually played in 4/4 time. T here are many
differ ent ways we can appr oach walking bas s lines . T he s tyle of mus ic bear s a heavy influence on the way a walking line might be played. I f you lis ten to a lot of j azz, you have probably noticed that walking lines in that genre are very improvisational in nature. Rarely, if ever, will you here any repetitious phrasing when a j azz bassist is walking through the changes in the form of a tune if
be played utilizing mor e cons is tent \u2018s hapes \u2019 or s equences of chr omaticis ms and chor d tones . Many \u2018boogie\u2019 s tyle walking bas s lines ar e bas ed on a r epetitious or der of chor d tones or s cale tones , and the s hape of the line s tays the s ame over each chor d change. Ex amples 1- 3 s how a few 8 bar ex amples of what you might hear fr om each of the genr es mentioned:
In this lesson, we will get into the basics of playing jazz walking bass lines. To start off with, we will use chord tones only to construct our bass
lines. The reason for this is that chord tones (which can be played using arpeggio forms) are what the actual chord changes are made from.
Needless to say then, the most conservative approach to outlining chord changes would be one in which you were only choosing from notes that
were included in each chord.
C Maj or 7 C Minor 7 C7
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