Bass Tab Jazz, Blues and Walking Bass Lines in 12 keys.
The Blues in 12 Keys Book I in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series is an excellent resource for bass players looking for walking bass tab.
The book cover many aspects of jazz and blues harmony all fully notated ion bass tab and standard notation. There are over 100 variations of walking bass lines written over the jazz blues progression suitable for the beginner to advanced bass guitar player.
The blues in 12 keys outlines the key fundamental areas all the professional players know and use to build their bass lines.
Bass Tab examples from the book..
Watch the video showing a Bass line written in bass tab from Book I The Blues in 12 keys. Notated using bass tab https://constructingwalkingjazzbasslines.com/a-homepage-section__trashed-2/walking-bass-lesson-videos/
Daily Warm Ups & Technique Builders…
For Bass Players working on expanding their technique and knowledge of scales and chords Daily Warm Ups for bass is another excellent resource.
This bass tab study shows how to build the fundamentals of jazz harmony, by connecting bass triads and chords to the major scale. As well as showing the models related to the major scale, with exercises outlining sequences of bass patterns. The bass scale exercises are shown in all keys and are played in all registers on the bass.
The bass exercises in this book are an excellent way to gain knowledge of the fingerboard while learning the fundamentals of harmony which can be applied to jazz, rock, blues, pop etc.
Bass Tab – Jazz Standard walking bass lines
Book III Standard Line is for the bass player wanting to dig deeper into jazz bass playing and jazz harmony.
Standard Lines has many advanced jazz walking bass techniques all notated using bass tab and standard notation. It is recommended to use the exercises to learn to read music. Practice the exercise using the bass tab and once familiar, apply that knowledge to learning to read the standard notation. Its really not that difficult, and can open many doors.
Standard lines goes deeper into how to construct walking bass lines with examples using modes from major and melodic minor harmony. Having a strong understanding of these concepts will enable the bassist to build strong bass lines in any musical setting.
While working on expanding your technique I highly recommend trying to work on some piano chops. This is great for ear training and being able to recognize chord sequences and root movement. These skills will also help you to become a better transcriber. I have written about transcribing and provided some basic piano voicing for bass players on this website.
Take advantage of these free resources.
Free jazz play along downloads ..
Take advantage of the free play along downloads, use these piano and drum backing tracks to practice playing your bass lines with good time and feel. They are also good for listening to when working on recognizing chord progressions.
Listen to the Masters …
Walking Bass Line Masters and Jazz Albums Bucket list are also highly recommended resources on this website. These articles give you a list of many of the greatest players in jazz and mentions some of the records that may be helpful when learning jazz and developing a walking bass line vocabulary.
Developing a practice routine
When starting out learning to play bass or learning to play jazz bass its important to define some of your goals. Make a plan and work your plan.
Already discussed are some of the aspects to add to your practice routine. Determine how much time you have to practice, then decide what you are going to work on. I would suggest starting with some warm up exercises either scale or arpeggio related. Depending on your level these exercises should be played in all keys. Its also important to practice playing tunes, and developing a repertoire of jazz bass lines to use on certain types of tunes. For example it’s a different approach to playing a ballad than playing an up tempo swinger or Bossa nova. If you have access to a keyboard or piano I would try to devote part of my practice time to that as well. Even 10 mina a day would be an hr a week. Doesn’t sound like much, but it will make a huge difference to your musicianship overall.
A good bass teacher can help you with all these things, if you can find a good teacher in your area try to get a lesson. It will be worth the effort. Working with a teacher can help to speed up the progress, after all they’ve been through the same things as your trying to work on, have probably listened to many of the same records and probably can recommend many many more.