Just like walking with your feet, tyjwalking bass line is one step after the other that takes you somewhere. Mar 25, 2019 welcome to part 1 of the walking bass series. Chord tones root, 3rd, 5th, 7th are the most powerful choice you can make when creating your walking lines. For further rhythmic training, i highly recommend the book, modern reading text in 44, by louie bellson and gil breines belwin mills publishing. The first chapter covers over a dozen ways to approach a walking bass line. This book also tackles a lot of stuff ive seen most other books either not cover at all or just gloss over. The bass lines are good and one simple addition to know is that just about any chordwalking bass line, you can always use a leading tone that is, 12 step below to whatever is the next chord. A walking bass line is a more creative form of bass playing than the other swing styles because you choose new notes each time you play the same song. By the end of the book youll have all the skills in place to create walking bass lines over. Aug 03, 2018 the walking bass lines that these formulas make will definitely get you started and help you out in a pinch. Jazz bass line construction thelonious monk institute of jazz. For ascending lines im using the scale degrees 1 2 3 5.
Practicing in all keys is going to consolidate your knowledge of the patterns as well as help you to freely move around the entire fret board. The material presented here is the exact same material that i have used for many years while learning and teaching walking bass lines. A comprehensive guide to constructing walking jazz bass lines for the double bassist and electric jazz bassist is a complete 12key guide to techniques and devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz tradition. Resources on jazz bass killer walking bass blog medium. The blues in 12 keys bass tab edition by steven mooney goodreads author 3. The specific goal of this book is to familiarize players with the techniques used to build walking bass lines and to make them aware of how the process works. The term walking is used to describe the moving feeling that quarter notes create in the bass part. This is an indepth look at the heart and soul of jazz bass playing.
Through the use of 90minutes worth of recorded rhythm tracks available online using the unique code in the book, players will have the opportunity to put the new learning directly into. Jazz bass guitar lesson walking bass guitar tab video. As the title says, i would like to learn how to play and compose walking bass lines. Ed friedland a followup to building walking bass lines, this book approaches more advanced walking concepts, including modal mapping, the twofeel, several must know changes, and other important jazz bass lessons. Constructing walking jazz bass lines book i walking bass lines. Bassist wilbur ware was a master at creating swinging lines utilizing these intervals.
Take two different chords and you want to move as stepwise as possible between the roots of the two chords. Jun 18, 2019 the first section of the book, bass songs, contains tabbed versions of bass lines from example songs. As someone very new to walking basslines with somewhat limited music theory this book has helped tremendously. Constructing walking jazz bass lines home facebook. This lesson is the first look into how we construct the actual lines and starts with a primer on arpeggios or chord tones. A followup to building walking bass lines, this book approaches more advanced walking concepts, including modal mapping, the twofeel, several must know changes, and other important jazz bass lessons.
Once again thank you for your clear, easy to understand lessons. Were leaving nothing to chance and starting right from the beginning. Walking bass for jazz and blues is a complete method to help beginners master each element of blues and jazz walking bass. You can learn more about chromatic approach notes in chapter 3 of my book the essential guide to walking bass for bass guitar players. Use these lines to get you going the right direction when you start playing a blues. Jan 01, 20 walking bass lines by joe hubbard hi my bass friends. A followup to building walking bass lines, this book approaches more advanced walking concepts, including model mapping, the twofeel, several must know changes, and other important jazz bass lessons. The course covers standard head arrangements, walking lines and solos for bass.
Walking bass line method books for the upright bass and electric bass. There is a web site, that has an excellent remote learning course for bass. Lesson wrap up learning walking bass is without doubt the fastest and most powerful way to learn the fingerboard and understand how to create bass lines over any chord or chord sequence. In this series of lessons, well take a look at constructing walking basslines over some common chord progressions that we encounter in the blues. The main point to consider when constructing walking bass lines is how to create a smooth transition between the last note of the current chord, and the first note of the next. It is perfectly formattedin fact, i use the same approach. Walking bass lines helps us learn and reinforce the fundamentals of jazz harmony. However, if you want to get serious about your walking bass lines and get them to the. Chord tones should be the first stop on the road to learning how to play walking bass lines. All examples, lesson topics and bass lines are the same as the bass clef series for the double bassist. The walking bass lines that these formulas make will definitely get you started and help you out in a pinch. Walking bass in the pedal keyboard part of baroque organ music j. In 44 time there are four quarter notes in a bar, in 34, there are three. The specific goal of this book is to familiarize players with the techniques used to a walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing, but it is also used in rock music, blues, rockabilly, randb, gospel, latin, country and.
Jazz is an inherently harmonically complex style of music. The function of the bass is to provide the foundation. Heres what you get a complete guide to walking bass lines so you learn how to play on the most common chord changes in blues and. How to create bass lines 2 3 play in four quarters. Constructing walking jazz bass lines book i the blues in 12 keys. A complete guide demonstrating the devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz tradition. Jazz bass books walking bass line in 12 keys upright. Simple walking bass line for jazz beginners talkingbass. Breakdown sean mcgowan youtube the circle of fifths made clear. In general, we make this transition smooth by limiting the interval between these two notes to either a half step semitone, whole step tone or a perfect5th. A walking bass line simply walks through the appropriate scale of each chord, one note per beat, hitting every beat of each measure.
Building walking bass lines bass instruction pdf free download. The term walking is used lescribe the moving feeling that quarter notes create in the bass part. The bass lines are good and one simple addition to know is that just about any chord walking bass line, you can always use a leading tone that is, 12 step below to whatever is the next chord. Improve your bass playing and add to your vocabulary now. This is the second lesson in the series devoted to walking bass lines. As jazz musicians, we spend a lot of our practice time trying to learn to think, hear, and play our way through complicated chord progressions as improvisers. Mel bay the bass has been called the most important instrument in any band.
In this bass guitar lesson, im going to take you through the 3 core concepts you can use to create walking bass lines. Walking bass for jazz and blues fundamental changes. For example, he covers stuff like over the bar line phrasing, ballad playing, 34 walking, and broken bass lines think scott lafaro with bill evans. If you know how to create a walking bass line, you can be more creative in your jazz playing. The walking bass line matrix the golden goose theory for never running out of ideas. Walking bass line theory basicspart 1by chris fitzgerald. At that point i honestly dont think any book, app or anything is the best way forward.
This book literally gives bassists the tools they need to build their own walking bass lines. Constructing walking jazz bass lines book iii standard lines. Walking the ii v i in combo, youll learn that the ii v i is one of the most important chord progressions in jazz. Demonstrates the techniques used by professional jazz bassists to.
I am now personally excited to schedule walking bassics into my own study rotation. This book is designed to help bassists create walking patterns that can be used in a range of styles. The bass tablature series of constructing walking jazz bass lines is designed to make available the same information to the bassist not experienced with reading music. Walking bass lines books constructing walking jazz bass. It sounds like you already know the building blocks of it. Back to walking bass if you are looking to learn walking bass from day one you are in the right place. Fundamental concepts for walking bass a systematic method will show you stepbystep how to make up your own walking bass lines for jazz, country, rockabilly etc this manual can be used by anyone wanting to learn how to play improvised walking bass on any instrument in any time signature. The following video is provided to assist the bassist to familiarize themselves with some of the rhythmic phrases used in the jazz walking bass line vocabulary. I discovered him some years ago in a bass magazine interview, and he proposes a fantastic exercise, called the note finder, which. Constructing walking jazz bass lines, book 1, the blues in 12 keys. Until i happened upon your youtube videos i found nothing of any value on the subject. Through the use of 90minutes worth of recorded rhythm tracks, players will have the. By the end of the book youll have all the skills in place to create walking bass lines over the most common jazz structures and chord sequences. For further rhythmic training, i highly recommend the book, modern reading text in 44, by.
Most importantly all books help the student to develop a strong harmonic and rhythmic foundation. I have searched for an understanding of how to create walking bass lines online for a long time. Constructing walking jazz bass lines book i the blues in 12 keys new 2hr mp3 playalong free download featuring all chord progressions in 12 keys from part ii of the book available from website. Walking bass lines by joe hubbard hi my bass friends.
The essence of a walking bass line is created by playing four to the bar, which means playing four 14 notes per measure. The specific goal of this book is to familiarize players with the techniques used to a walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing, but it is also used in rock music, blues, rockabilly, randb, gospel, latin, country and many other types of music. Constructing walking jazz bass lines is a new series of instructional method books for the double bassist and electric. When you master this book, you will be playing good jazz bass. Its a great starting place for the beginning jazz bassist. Containing over 30 music examples, lines and patterns, this book tackles the potentially confusing topic of walking bass line creation from a bass players perspective, which will provide you extremely useful lines and patterns that you. Books included bass lines over the blues, rhythm changes and standards in 12 keys. Looking forward to hearing your walking bass lines over autumn leaves. For this walking bass line im going to use only two scale patterns as the foundation for the whole thing.
The bass player must create interesting lines under the chord changes, keep the time flow or pulse steady, and keep the form of the song together. Provides the aspiring jazz bassist with a thorough guide to walking bass lines. The bass has been called the most important instrument in any band. To demonstrate this we are going to use one of the most important chord sequences youll find in jazz music. This set of playalongs and chord charts is a great addition to the walking bass lines course. Backing tracks of take the a train chord progression in 12 keys. Building walking bass lines bass builders includes online access. Top 20 amazing bass lines of all time with tab sheet.
Building walking bass lines by ed friedland goodreads. Included is over 150 choruses of walking jazz bass lines over the jazz blues lines in 12 keys. Accompanying audio includes a jazz trio for practicing standard tunes. The book includes a wealth of transcribed bass lines as well. This is a simple yet thorough book on beginning bass lines.
Start with the basic book and then move to the advanced book. Standard lines jazz and bebop standards book iii in the constructing walking jazz bass lines series for the jazz bassist is a comprehensive guide demonstrating the devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz standard tradition. Walking bass line jazz standards swing tune bass by. It is designed to develop strong harmonic skills, rhythm, phrasing and note choice. A walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing. Through the use of 90minutes worth of recorded rhythm tracks available online using.
Use the example songs contained in this section to create awesome bass lines of your own. Walking bass jazz guitar lesson all the things we are. Playing a walking jazz guitar bass line is a captivating method of comping for other musicians, and yourself. Walking bass line jazz standards swing tune bass tab by misc unsigned bands. Books by steven mooney author of constructing walking. A good starting point when constructing walking bass lines is to use the intervals of the root, 5th and octave. Breakdown sean mcgowan youtube the circle of fifths made clear duration. To demonstrate this we are going to use one of the most important chord sequences youll find in jazz music the iivi or 251. The walking bass line was developed by upright bassists like ray brown, milt hinton, paul chambers, and ron carter, but now its also commonly played on the bass guitar. Here is the bass lines for autumn leaves that everyone contributed to last week. To walk bass lines on the ii v i, all we have to do is learn three different walking patterns. Therefore being in control of them and becoming fluent is crucial.
Cd includes a jazz trio for practicing standard tunes. Learn how bass lines follow the chords and structure of a song. Due to the nature of walking bass lines, the only rhythmic value you will see in this book is a quarter note. In this issue, i want to talk about something different, a great book about walking bass lines written by bass master joe hubbard. Book one of constructing walking bass lines focuses on the blues. Jazz walking bass is designed to get you started on the correct path.
A walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass p. The bass lines in the section are for you to learn, memorize, and play in a real live playing situation. These blues bass lines are like having a one chorus lick that you can rely on to always sound good when you play it. There are a couple of exceptions as youll see but for the most part were looking at one line for ascending and one line for descending.1024 1412 765 235 1005 1568 1440 914 234 1205 1451 613 345 1271 983 1268 1005 479 233 502 1466 1537 207 244 570 913 4 393 699 22 1342 840 1351 624 206 1088 748 875 1359 163 1292 760 413 690 359 1110