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How To Play Walking Bass with Chords

Part 1 - Walking Bass with Chords Lasting 2 Beats


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT4VwkeZQUE

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First play the chords 2 333

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Then play just the root notes of the chords twice

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Then replace the 1st note of each pair with an approach tone 1 fret BELOW the root note

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Then replace the 1st note of each pair with an approach tone 1 fret ABOVE the root note

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Then randomly mix it up - approaching some root notes from ABOVE and some from BELOW

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Then replace the root notes wih the chords

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Part 2 - Walking Bass with Chords Lasting 4 Beats


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYBzaB7eY4

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First play the chords in the progression

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Then replace the chords on beats 3 & 4 with voicings containing another chord tone in the bass

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C13/B

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Then replace the chords on beats 2 & 4 with approach tones

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E7(b5)/D

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You also have the option of playing beats 1 & 3 as 8th notes as shown below....

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F/A


# b # n n n b
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IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the technique demonstrated in the


Part 1 YouTube video at 2:55 when learning this material. It will
make playing through these changes much easier.
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