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Walking Bass Tab and Walking Bass Pdf Downloads

Walking Bass Tab shown below are examples from the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series. The examples outline fundamental techniques used to create swinging walking bass lines shout outline the chord changes.

Walking Bass Tab - Easy Walking Bass Line Techniques for Beginners

The Walking Bass tab shown below demonstrates a two feel bass line outlining the Jazz blues in F progression. The walking bass line example uses the notes of the Triad to construct the walking bass line.

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Easy Walking Bass Line Ex. 2 Two feel Blues in F

The Walking Bass tab shown below demonstrates a two feel bass line outlining the Jazz blues in F progression. The walking bass line example uses the notes the root and fifth to construct the walking bass line.

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Easy Walking Bass Line Ex. 3​ The 4 feel Blues in F

The Walking Bass tab shown below demonstrates a 4 feel bass line outlining the Jazz blues in F progression. The walking bass line example uses the notes of the Triad and 7th chord to construct the walking bass line.

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Constructing Walking Bass Lines Two Feel using Root Fifth Octave ... Bass Tab

Bass Tab example of developing a two feel bass line. A lot can be said with just the notes the root, fifth and octave.Play through the example and you will hear how well the notes can outline the chord progression.

Bass Tab Walking Bass Line Root Fifth Octave.

Part 2 of the Two feel, root, fifth, octave bass line.  Bass Tab example 

Walking Bass Tab Books

The Blues in 12 Keys Bass tab edition .  Book I in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series  is designed to give the aspiring bassist of all levels the tools and devices required to construct professional level jazz bass lines. Most importantly to build a strong functional awareness of how to function as a professional bassist in any musical setting.

The information builds in a stepwise progression enabling the beginning to advanced bassist to gather the necessary tools required to find their own voice as a bassist.

The Blues in 12 keys has many advanced concepts and techniques built into the lesson material, enabling the bassist to develop their own language and take their playing to the next level.

Part 2 of the book includes the Blues in 12 keys with over 150 choruses of professional level Jazz Blues bass lines outlining various chord substitutions, turnarounds and rhythmic devices. It is essential that Jazz musicians of all levels practice in all keys.

The Blues in 12 Keys is an excellent source to develop musicianship, build a jazz bass line vocabulary, develop right and left hand technique. As well as a building a 12 key facility and  developing the ear.

The Blues in 12 Keys Bass Tab Edition is an excellent source of learning to read music. The book has the standard bass clef notation directly above the bass tab and enables the electric bassist to apply what they already know to the task of learning to read music.

The material presented in this book is exactly the same as the e standard notation volume. Giving the bassist reading Bass Tab access to information used by professional level Jazz Upright Bass players. Enjoy the journey.

 

rhythm changes jazz walking bass lines bass tab edition

Rhythm Changes in 12 Keys is Book II in the ” Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines ” Bass Tab series for the Electric Jazz Bassist.

It combines with Book I ” The Blues in 12 Keys ” by following on with an in depth study of ” must know ” Jazz chord progressions for the aspiring Jazz Bassist.

Rhythm Changes in 12 Keys is a complete guide demonstrating the devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz tradition.

Part 1 of the book outlines and demonstrates the various techniques used by professional Jazz Bassists to provide forward motion and a strong harmonic and rhythmic foundation into bass lines.

All exercises are designed to give the Electric Bassist strong jazz bass lines in the bottom register of the instrument.

An additional bonus for the Electric Bassist, Part 1 provides a complete study of Bb Rhythm Changes whilst in the first position. This is an excellent technical study for building strength, improving intonation and being able to walk strong bass lines at increased tempos in the bottom register of the instrument.

Part 2 expands on the lessons and techniques used in Part 1 providing the aspiring Jazz Bassist with the previous devices used in professional level bass lines in all 12 keys. Providing over 70 choruses of Rhythm Changes in all 12 keys using the whole register of the instrument. In total there are over 100 choruses of Rhythm Changes included in Part I and Part II of this book.

There are many advanced principles applied in the following bass lines whilst never losing sight of the functioning principle of the bass in the jazz idiom. To provide a strong foundation of rhythm and harmony for the music being played & providing support for the melody and or soloist.

 

 
 

 

Bass tab edition Standard Lines

Standard Lines Bass Tab Edition – Jazz and Bebop standards Book III in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series for the Electric Bassist.

Jazz Bass tab Edition . A comprehensive guide demonstrating the devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz standard tradition.

Book III covers 24 jazz standard 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 BeBop 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 progressions. All information builds in a stepwise progression enabling the bassist to apply the techniques in all 12 keys.

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.

Bass tab exercises for bass guitar in 12 keys

Daily Warm Ups for Bass Guitar Bass Tab Edition. Bass Guitar Method for developing a dedicated daily practice routine utilising scales, modes & arpeggios.

One of the most important aspects of learning any instrument is being able to set aside time to practice. Even if you have only 30 min per day,  Organising your time and having the dedication to follow through with your plan is the key.

All daily warm up exercises in this book are given in bass tab and bass clef enabling bass players of all levels and musical backgrounds to have access to musical exercises.  The exercises are designed to build instrumental facility and musicianship. Have the dedication to practice the exercises slowly, working on good time, tone and intonation.

As a wise instructor once said to me ” there’s no magic powder “. Great players worked hard to get there, if it is your wish and your intention, you can get there too. All exercises are provided in 12 keys.

For the advanced student practice the book in 12 keys, for the beginning to intermediate student practice the exercises in one key to gain familiarity with the instrument. When the exercises become comfortable move to another key until all keys are comfortable. Scale studies are designed to help the bassist to learn the fingerboard while building dexterity, flexibilty, stamina as well as building muscle memory and training the ear.

The exercises in this book are practiced by professional musicians of all backgrounds , from rock to jazz to classiscal musicians.

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.

It’s also important to practice playing tunes,

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.

If you can’t find a good teacher contact me. I teach students from all over the world.

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