Walking Bass Lines - Walking the Blues

Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines

A Comprehensive System of Bass Lessons presented in book format.

All lessons combine to provide the fundamental building blocks all bass players need to be successful & confident on their instrument.

Each book in the series is dedicated to a classic jazz chord progression, eg. Blues, Rhythm Changes, Standards and more.

Progressing through the series, the bassist develops an awareness of jazz harmony, ear training and technical facility while concentrating on an essential jazz song form.  

    Presented in an organized system of stepwise goals that combine to make the bassist  much more confident as a bass player in any setting.

Lesson Topics may include..

  •  Walking Bass Line Construction
  • Jazz harmony
  • Developing a jazz repertoire (learning tunes)
  • Recognizing the common chord sequences most often found in jazz
  • Ear training
  • Improvisation
  • Technical studies
  • Sight reading
  • Musicianship 
  • Common chord progressions
  • Left and Right hand coordination
  • Arpegios
  • 7th Chords
  • Triads
  • Passing chords
  • Chromatic approach notes
  • Diminished scales
  • Modes
  • Harmony and Theory
  • and much more…

Some of the topics covered in the walking bass line lesson series include:

  • voice leading
  • tritone substitution
  • using modes when constructing walking bass lines
  • bebop bass lines
  • pedal points
  • harmonic anticipation
  • the major ii V I progression
  • the minor ii V I progression
  • and many more

All books are designed for bass players of all ages and abilities, are suitable for the Upright bass and the electric bass player, and are available in bass tab editions. Editions are now available for the guitar.