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Larry Coryell Guitar Player Lesson -Walking Bass Lines

Larry Coryell Guitar Player Lesson -Walking Bass Lines

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D CHOPS BUIL ER
C L A S S I C C O L U M N

Walking Bass Lines
BY LARRY CORYELL
BEING ABLE TO comp and play bass lines at the same time is a very handy skill to have. This column deals with rhythm changes, a progression (based on George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”) that centers on the patterns I-VI-II-V and III-VI-II-V. Although the fingerings below work for me, they’re not carved in stone. When I’m in “bass-line comp” mode, I put down the pick and
3 =

use just my thumb and fingers. Now let’s look at the music. Another way to play the opening chord is to barre the 6th fret with your 1st finger, fretting the D note with your 2nd finger. In measure 4, two-note chords are held for two beats while the bass keeps moving. Measure 5 features a barre at the 1st fret, after which you shift to the fifth position to play Bb/D. Notice that the Bb chord in bar 7 does not have a root—this is because the line is moving upward chromatically, and the

“There are only two kinds of music,” says Coryell. “Good and bad.”

B 7
1

Gm7
4 2 2 2

Cm7
3 3

F7
3 3 1 2

Dm7 5
4 2 3 1 2

G7

Cm7

F7

4 4
2

4 3

3

3

4

2

4 3 2

3

4( ) 1 3

4 3 2 2

T A B

7 6 6 B 7

9

10

10 8 9 8 E 7
4 1 3 1

8 8

9

8

8 8 7

6

5

6 5 6 4

4 3 3 G7

4

3 1 3

2

2 1 1 F7
3 1 2 2

0

B /D
2 4 1

Edim7

B
1 2 4 2 3

Cm7

5 4 1 1

2

3

3

3 3

T A B

3 1 1 1 5

6 8

5

6

8 6 8

6

7

8 6 8

6 7 7 8 9

10 9 10

8 8 9 8 G 7

9

8 7 8

7

B 7
9 4 3 2

G7

Cm7

F7sus4

Dm7

D 7

B7

3 2 2

3

4 1 2 1

4 3 3

4 1

3 2

4 3 2

3 1

T A B

7 6 6 4 3

4 3

4

3

3 1 2 1

3 1

6

5

5 3

5

4

4 3

4

3 2 2 2

2

2 1

2

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chord acts as a passing harmony. Measure 10 has another shift. Here, you jump from the first-position F bass note to the Eb at the 6th fret, fifth string, putting you in position for the subsequent Dm7 chord. Measure 11 features some chord substitu-

tions to end the exercise: Db7 is substituted for G7, Gb7 for Cm7, and B7 replaces F7. Rhythm changes usually include a standard bridge—the B section—that, in the key of Bb, consists of two bars each of D7, G7, C7, and F7. To complete the progression

as it’s normally played, play what’s written here—the A section—twice, play the bridge that I just described, and then play the first part one more time. This is referred to as an AABA form. Originally published in the August ’88 GP . g

C H O P S

B U I L D E R
L E S S O N S
March ’02 Guitar Player Feature Lesson: Puttin’ the Breaks on the Blues, BY JUDE GOLD March ’02 Guitar Player Chops Builders: Whole-Tone Helper, BY JUDE GOLD Portable Harmonics, BY MATT BLACKETT Walking Bass Lines, BY LARRY CORYELL Reader’s Challenge, BY BOB LOOMIS

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Get GP’s Sessions sampler CD and its 11 expert lessons for just five American greenbacks. Call (800) 222-5544 for details. Net scrapers: To decode GP’s music notation and hear Sessions sound samples, visit the Lessons Archive on the Web at guitarplayer.com. Some previously published lessons are still available on CD. For more information, contact Notes On Call, Box 60789, St. Petersburg, FL 33784; (800) 222-5544.
“Your vibrato is your identity.” — Zakk Wylde, Sept. ’00, GP

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