September 2011 Newsletter



Welcome to the September  2011 edition of the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass

Lines / Basstab.net newsletter.


To all our readers Thank you for the support and the kind words, may  September bring you all an abundance of gigs.


Whats new in September ?          The Blues in 12 keys  is one year old .


New releases –  Book  IV in the constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series scheduled to be released by end of 2011.


September marks the 1st year anniversary of the first release in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Series.




Book I – The Blues in 12 keys.  Bass clef and bass tab editions.


Thank you to all those who have supported us and helped to spread the word of bass, and more importantly jazz bass.


WE have  30% off all books in the series available through our website.



Book I – the Blues in 12 keys   - $13.95    30% off


Book II – Rhythm changes in 12 keys  - $13.95   30% off


Book III – Standard Lines  - Bebop, standards, latin jazz  - $17.95   30% off


Bass Clef editions



Bass Tab editions


                          Use the Paypal links for this offer.



Standard Lines Book III  – The Latest Review -  thanks Richard


5.0 out of 5 stars  Mr Mooney's Latest Tool for the Jazz Bassist, July 24, 2011


Richard T. Harris - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines, Book 3: Walking Bass Lines- Standard Lines- The Chord Scale Relationship Method, Bass Tab Edition (Paperback)

"Standard Lines" is the 3rd installment of Steven Mooney's "Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines" series. Here's hoping it is far from the last. The book details many techniques that are a revelation to the aspiring bassist, and a good review for the advanced musician. For example Part 1 starts, innoculously enough, with the subject "How to Construct the Triads off the 
major scale". Mr Mooney walks the reader through that subject detailing both the notes for the triads used and a nicely done example. Mr Mooney also goes into depth here by explaining chromatic approaches walks up and down. In the next section, we find the Scalar approach, which details the technique for the bassists usage of using scales as a foundation as opposed to triads. 
Part 2 outlines the use of Symmetric and Melodic Minor scales. Diminished and Whole tone scales are covered for the avid reader. Part 3 covers Be Bop Scales. Is Hip Hop the grandchild of Be Bop? Someone should answer that burning question, but I don't expect Mr. Mooney to do so. He applies himself quite well to the serious subjects at hand. Part 4 is Jazz Bass line examples over Standard Jazz Chord Construction. In this section we find exercises for the bassist that are both challenging and therefore interesting for all bassists. 
Mr. Mooney's latest book is a must read for all of us who ply the "Dark Strings". I keep opening all three of his books for education and fun playing. I'm sure you will also.



Standard Lines  - Book III in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series.


Available from our website with free worldwide shipping.




Available in bass clef and bass tab editions


Watch the free walking bass lesson video from book III




Book III Standard Line features 110 choruses of jazz bass lines

Applied to the standard jazz chord progressions.

Included are straight ahead swing tunes, latin jazz, ballads, bebop.


Standard Lines, Book III in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass 

Lines series for the Double Bassist and Electric Bassist is a 

comprehensive guide demonstrating the devices used to construct 

walking jazz bass lines in the jazz standard tradition.

Book III covers 24 standard jazz chord progressions with 110 choruses of professional jazz bass lines as an example.

    Part I outlines the Modes and the chord scale relationships and the fundamental knowledge required to be able to build the diatonic triads and 7th chords in any key. Examples are given in the " 2 " feel and " 4 "feel walking bass style enabling the bassist to develop a strong rhythmic and harmonic foundation.

    More advanced bass line construction examples including voice 

leading and mode substitutions and mode applications related to specific jazz chord progressions are also outlined.  

    Part II outlines the Symmetric Scales as well as the Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale related to the Minor II V I progression.

Provided are written examples of the Symmetric Scales and the chord scale relationships and how to apply the use of the Symmetric Scales over popular jazz chord progressions.

The Minor II V I  is outlined and compared to the Major II V I 

outlining the differences with the suggested scale uses applied to 

common jazz chord progressions. 

    Part III outlines the use of the BeBop Scales and their use in the jazz walking bass tradition, providing suggested uses of the Be Bop scales related to popular jazz chord progressions.

     Part IV outlines the previous lesson devices and concepts with 

examples of professional level bass lines over standard jazz chord 


All information builds in a stepwise progression enabling the bassist to 

apply the techniques in all 12 keys.


Table of contents  and see inside the book.




Bebop Bass Lines page



Check out our new page dedicated to bebop bass lines, see examples of bebop bass lines over the blues and bebop standards.

More updates to follow.




Jazz Bass Ebooks



All titles in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines

     Series  $17 .95   -   $9.98



The Bucket List .


Classic jazz bass playing to hear before you kick the bucket.

Being updated as we go.








iPad editions available.


Book I Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines – The Blues in 12 keys is now available worldwide in the itunes ibookstore.


Download the book and save on international shipping charges.


From $9.99 USD 







Jazz bass lesson videos, a series of jazz bass lesson videos have been uploaded to the websites.


The bass lessons are very popular check them out if you haven’t already, thank you to those that have written in with thank you comments.






The aim of the videos is to assist the upright and electric bassist not familiar with sight reading.

Shown are examples of the blues and rhythm changes taken from books I ,II

& III of the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series.

Examples are shown in either bass clef and bass tab.


By listening to the audio samples, the bassist can accelerate the learning curve

and become familiar with some of the more common jazz walking bass line rhythms.


All examples are at medium tempo, with the emphasis on helping the student to read and to develop a jazz bass vocabulary.


The videos are complimentary, no purchase is required.




The videos are also viewable on youtube.


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For those of you with the book you will see on the last page references to the Trees for the Future Business Partnership.

For every new book sold or used as promotional material Waterfall Publishing House will donate the funds to plant 2 trees.

This commitment is for all books in the “Constructing Walking Bass Lines” series and is an ongoing commitment.

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This concludes our monthly newsletter the Bass Line Examples will follow in the next Attachment.

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Thank you see you next month.

Steven Mooney

Founder of Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines

& Basstab.NET


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