While walking bass in a band is generally played by the bass guitar or double bass player, being able to play walking bass lines is an essential skill for jazz guitarists when playing without a bass player. While some knowledge of music theory is necessary, excellent bass lines can be. In this weeks lesson were looking at a very simple walking bass line through the chord changes of the jazz standard autumn leaves. For ascending lines im using the scale degrees 1 2 3 5. In this lesson ill demonstrate how i approach playing walking bass lines and chords at the same time. Walking bass for jazz and blues free guitar lessons, guitar. There are ample roots, halfsteps, and chord tones in his lines. Chord tones should be the first stop on the road to learning how to play walking bass lines. A walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing. Walking bass jazz guitar lesson on all the things you are. This paper describes a contourbased algorithm for the realtime automatic generation of jazz walking bass lines, following a given harmonic progression. A must know chord progression played at all the jam sessions.
One of the most effective ways of comping is using walking bass lines. Old site bass tabs bb jazz blues bassline a foggy day bassline bireli lagrene. 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. Printable pdf ebook method containing 40 major jazz guitar licks with tab. Walking bass lines lesson 1 the jazz blues progression. This lesson is the first look into how we construct the actual lines and starts with a primer on arpeggios or chord tones.
It is full of ideas, examples, chord voicings and substitutions, as well as short chord progressions for you to try your new learned skills. Learn to masterfully combine jazz chords with walking basslines paperback november 30, 2018. Walking bass and chords on a bb blues jazz guitar lesson. Blues jazz guitar walking bass comping mini lesson with tabs.
Walking bass jazz guitar lesson all the things we are. 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. These blues bass lines are like having a one chorus lick that you can rely on to always sound good when you play it. How to write a walking bass line learn jazz standards. Each generation of jazz musicians contribute their own unique ideas, feelings, and sound to the music and this is what. One very important and widely used jazz guitar technique is playing bass lines in combination with chords. The book will show the musician how to connect familiar chord shapes with the appropriate bass notes.
Rather than arm you with a few examples of walking bass lines, this book will show. Nov 30, 2018 martin taylor walking bass for jazz guitar. 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 function of a bass player in the jazz combo is to work with the piano player and drummer to provide both a harmonic and rhythmic stability for the tune. This example is a little faster than what i usually do.
If you know how to create a walking bass line, you can be more creative in your jazz playing. Aug 19, 2014 in this lesson ill demonstrate how i approach playing walking bass lines and chords at the same time. This is the usual path for beginner players who want to start with walking bass before moving to more complex techniques as scalar or chromatic lines. Were going to use basic chord tones and repetitive lines that will act as a springboard in developing your own lines. Another one for ed friedlands building walking bass lines. Learn fingerstyle guitar with martin taylor online at artistworks. It demonstrates how i reuse bigger parts of lines on similar progressions very well. Jazz bass line construction thelonious monk institute of jazz online jazz handbook welcome to the bass chapter of the thelonious monk institute of jazz s online jazz handbook. Walking bass lines for jazz guitar by stephan badreau is a step by step guide to harmonizing bass lines on the guitar. In order to be a part of the jazz movement one must accept change. The language of jazz or the jazz idiom is in a constant state of flux. Here is a common guitar walking bass study in the style of joe pass based on a jazz blues chord progression.
So far in the 30 days to better jazz guitar comping series weve looked at a variety of chords you can use and how to apply them, but one topic we havent looked at until now is something that every guitarist will need to do sooner or later in their jazz guitar journeys. Learn to masterfully combine jazz chords with walking basslines taylor, martin, alexander, joseph, pettingale, tim on. Therefore being in control of them and becoming fluent is crucial. Beats 1 and 2 of the measure have a simple descending third pattern starting on the 9th of gm7. Walking bass exercises for jazz guitar lesson with tabs and. Jazz bass line construction thelonious monk institute of. Walking bass for jazz and blues is a complete method to help beginners master each element of blues and jazz walking bass. Notice how sometimes the bass line and the chord land. In this bass guitar lesson, im going to take you through the 3 core concepts you can use to create walking bass lines.
Adding bass lines to our bossa nova comping really makes the syncopation stand out. Advanced walking bass lines for jazz guitarnook book. This simplification is known as a twobeat bassline. Now its time to learn how to create a complete bass line from scratch. Joe pass jazz guitar lesson walkingbass line jazz guitar licks. Basic walking bass lines for jazz guitar on apple books. Jazz has a vast aural tradition associated with it. The difficulty in walking bass on the guitar lies in the combination of playing chords and bass at.
Chord tones root, 3rd, 5th, 7th are the most powerful choice you can make when creating your walking lines. Ive seen a few sources on walking bass but theyre never that good. It is found most commonly in blues and jazz, but as you learn bass guitar, you will hear its influence in almost any style of music. Of course he has gone beyond and found his own shapes that he likes. For me, this method and the resulting sound is the heart of the gypsy jazz style and is as. Basic walking bass lines for jazz guitar explores the creation of walking bass lines played over chord sequence using only chord tones.
Basic walking bass lines for jazz guitar download ebook. It is possible to add rhythmic variations, but in general, a walking bassline drives the song forward step by step. Walking bass lines always sound cool in any style of music, but are essential to jazz blues and great american songbook jazz standards. Things are different when you learn to play the gypsy jazz style. Download free bossa nova bass lines pdf alfarutracker. Jazz has changed greatly over the past 70 years and is presently in transition. In this post, i want to take abstract concepts about how bass lines are constructed and use them to create practical exercises that. A walking bass line generally consists of notes of equal duration and intensity typically 14 notes that create a feeling of forward motion. Walking bass line theory basicspart 1by chris fitzgerald. Even just pencilling in the notes on the notation would get you through a walking bass book.
R 3 5 6 7 walking bass line theory basics chris fitzgerald. Hi, i feel it is criminal that i havent learnt to walk after years of playing. 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. If youre amazingly extra awesome, youll be able to sing the melody and make a bass line at the same time. Playing jazz guitar bass lines and chords terence wright. Walking bass with chords for jazz guitar jazz guitar lessons.
Simple walking bass line for jazz beginners talkingbass. Learn walking bass on guitar while playing chords jazz guitar lesson part 1 duration. Provides the aspiring jazz bassist with a thorough guide to walking bass lines. Oct 12, 2005 walking bass lines for jazz guitar by stephan badreau is a step by step guide to harmonizing bass lines on the guitar. This is a a way of playing that i use really a lot in situations where theres no bass player, so mostly duo settings with a guitar player, singer or horn player. This exercise is nothing more than a i vim iim v bass line playing two quarter notes on the root of each chord. Like all great players, pauls lines are deceptively simple.
The video is based on a recording i made and transcribed. There is a web site, that has an excellent remote learning course for bass. This can be tricky at first, so be sure to take things slowly. A slightly embellished version of this kind of line would also be typical of a basic boogie woogie type bass line, as in the following example.
Building bass lines 5 it is common practice by jazz bassists to simplify a walking bass line by playing only on beats one and three, usually during the beginning of the tune when the melody is being played. First, to outline the chord you are playing over, and second, to smoothly approach the next chord. This article teaches you 3 jazz walking bass line etudes arranged for guitar. Use these lines to get you going the right direction when you start playing a blues. In this example, the bass line consists of simple arpeggiations of each chord, giving the overall effect of a simple blues bass line.
If you are wishing to order the pdf mp3 files please go to the correct page as this product is for the pdf file only. Walking bass lines for jazz guitar digital sheet music. In this lesson, you will learn how to combine chords with a walking bass line, a concept that is. By explaining the basics of intervals, chords and scales, the author builds a framework for understanding bass line patterns. Walking bass lines for guitar jazz guitar workshop series. Knowing how to play a walking bass line while playing chords is a skill that will reap many rewards for the serious guitar player. This set of playalongs and chord charts is a great addition to the walking bass lines course.
Also, dont forget to write out your lines at first and really practice these. Walking bass lines the easy, this jazz line is composed over the very common iivi progression. These walking bass lines will give you a good basis for what to play and how to outline the chords to provide a good solid walking bass line for soloists to improvise over. The jazz blues progression is a walking bass lesson 1 the jazz blues progression. If you were going to only buy one book on this particular aspect of jazz guitar i. The course covers standard head arrangements, walking lines and solos for bass. Bundle of 48 backing tracks and 12 pdf files with chord changes. How to keep your bass lines interesting and how to write a walking bass line. By copying paul you will be learning the jazz language and tradition.
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. Start with the basic book and then move to the advanced book. Comping with bass lines guide jamie holroyd guitar jazz. This is a simple yet thorough book on beginning bass lines. Django reinhardt and all the other gypsy jazz guitarists use the same method of picking, a method called rest stroke picking other jazz guitarists like joe pass use this method as well. In this lesson i am going to go over a walking bass comp on a 12 bar bb jazz blues and how you play it on guitar.
Once mastered, it should be very easy to find an applicable jazz standard to practice it over. In this weeks lesson were looking at a very simple walking bass line through the chord changes of the jazz standard. 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. Walking bass lines for jazz guitar by stephan badreau book. Sep 07, 2017 walking bass and chords is one of the greatest ways to comp if you are the only one playing behind a soloist like a horn or a singer. For this walking bass line im going to use only two scale patterns as the foundation for the whole thing. Walking bass lines youtube martin taylor blues to jazz lesson duration. How to create bass lines 6 often youll use an ostinato for the head when the whole group plays the melody at the beginning and the end and use a walking bass for the changes when people take turns improvising over the chord progression of the song. Jazz bass line construction thelonious monk institute of jazz. Nov 07, 2017 walking bass jazz guitar lesson all the things we are. And walking bass lines are a continuous sequence of quarter notes, generally played on the beat 4 notes per bar in 44 time. So much of the music is passed from musician to musician without it even being. The purpose of a good walking bassline or any bassline for that matter is twofold. I am now personally excited to schedule walking bassics into my own study rotation.
S7 e7 all of me example bass line john marley 3 3 3 5 2 2 4. Free ebook downloads, practice tracks, drum tracks and much more. Apr 26, 2017 in my previous post, how to keep your bass lines interesting, we defined what a bass line is and what its functions are, and looked at a few ways in which we can creatively negotiate chord changes. Bass conversations episode 0003 walking bass lines, listening to the masters. S7 e7 bass bass a7 10fr d7 5 a7 d7 bass bass e7 a7 9 e7 a7 bass bass 10fr d7 10fr d7 g7 d7 d7 g7 bass bass 8fr c. This is the second lesson in the series devoted to walking bass lines. Players of all levels like to stretch out on the blues. It is designed to develop strong harmonic skills, rhythm, phrasing and note choice. Playalong download for walking bass lines for guitar the blues in 12 keys book i mp3. 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. Playing jazz guitar bass lines with chords the guitar is an extremely versatile instrument, with seemingly endless techniques and tones around every corner. Jazz walking bass line etudes for guitar jamie holroyd. Book iv building a 12 key facility for the jazz bassist. Five steps to walking basslines on guitar guitar world.
Walking the bass jazz blues 1 i had lots of requests for some more lessons on walking bass, with the guitar comping along as you go. A big part of being a jazz guitarist is accompanying other musicians. This is an indepth look at the heart and soul of jazz bass playing. Walking bass lines for jazz guitar bookaudio files.
Walking bass lines is an excellent addition to any guitarists development as a musician. Getting started with walking bass lines on bass guitar. The majority of the presentation will focus on walking bass lines in a 44 meter. Gypsy jazz guitar introduction to arpeggios and picking. The bass lines in the section are for you to learn, memorize, and play in a real live playing situation. This is a great technique to get down, it sounds real cool when.
Music educational books and sheet music downloads for blues, jazz, funk, latin, gospel, rock, celtic styles for instruments including piano, keyboards, sax, flute, guitar, violin, bass, clarinet, mandolin online music lessons, digital sheet music downloads. 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. 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. Guitar walking bass lines wchords jazz lesson with tabs. You will also have learned a system for analyzing a bass line that will help you to understand why some bass lines work and others dont. Combine walking basslines and jazz guitar chords, with martin taylor mbe. This jazz guitar lesson with tab is about a guitar walkingbass line in the style of. If you like these ideas and want more information, my books walking bass lines for jazz guitar and walking bass lines for bass guitar are available at. The bass has been called the most important instrument in any band. Click download or read online button to get basic walking bass lines for jazz guitar book now.
Comping with bass lines guide jazz guitar instruction. This book is designed to help bassists create walking patterns that can be used in a range of styles. A bass line is a melody line played in the bass by a lowpitched instrument such as the piano, double bass, electric bass, tuba, etc. New release walking bass workshop pt ii rhythm changes. Here on learn jazz standards, there are a few great posts on walking bass lines for bass players. New release walking bass lines for guitar the blues in 12 keys book i. 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. This style heavily utilizes the roots and 5ths of chords. This jazz guitar method about walking bass lines and chords is available as a pdf files containing 35 exercises with tabs, analysis and audio.761 963 1034 1507 801 175 189 187 674 1478 1134 673 350 1425 1066 1552 745 644 835 496 1153 1517 124 641 1492 1355 177 975 1153 55 365 1164