Walking Bass Workshop Pt II – Rhythm Changes

New Release : Rhythm changes like the Blues is an essential part of the jazz bassists repertoire. Learn this classic standard chord progression with written out partisan standard notation and bass tab. All examples have been recorded as playa longs.

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  • Walking Bass Workshop Pt II – Rhythm Changes PromoFREE PREVIEW
  • Lesson 1 Rhythm changes – The AABA formFREE PREVIEW
  • Lesson 2 The AABA Structure in Digital Form 
  • Lesson 3 Diatonic 7ths in the key of Bb major
  • Lesson 4 – The 2 Feel
  • Lesson 5 Embellishing the 2 feel
  • Lesson 6 The Dominant 7th chord 7 voice leading 
  • Lesson 7 Applying the Dominant 7th chord voice leading technique
  • Lesson 8 The chromatic approach from below
  • Lesson 9 The chromatic approach from above
  • Lesson 10 Chromaticism…. The Walk Down & Walk Up
  • Lesson 11 Repeated notes & chromaticism
  • Lesson 12 Harmonic anticipation & playing across the bar
  • Lesson 13 Voice leading 7th chords
  • Lesson 14 Pedal Points
  • Lesson 15 Tritone substitution
  • Lesson 16 The turnaround
  • Lesson 17 Turnarounds & the AABA Form
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes A Sections Ex1
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm changes A Sections Ex.2FREE PREVIEW
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes A Sections Ex.3
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes A Sections Ex.4
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes Ex.5
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm changes A Sections Ex.6
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes Ex.7
  • Lesson 18 Rhythm Changes Ex.8
  • Lesson 19 Rhythm Changes Bridge – Secondary Dominant Chords
  • Lesson 20 Rhythm Changes – The Bridge Chord Substitutions
  • Lesson 21 Putting it all Together


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Bass Conversations Episode 0004

New Release – Walking Bass Courses from Constructingwalkingjazzbasslines.com

Walkin’ The Blues – Amazing what a few well structured bass lessons can do.

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Contents includes

1. The Jazz Blues Progression
2. Analyzing the Form ( diatonic triads )
3. Constructing Lines Two Feel Root fifth octave 4. Constructing Lines Two Feel Triads
5. Constructing Lines Two Feel Rhythmic devices 6. Dominant 7th chord
7. Chromatic approach from below
8. Chromatic approach from above
9. Chromaticism and the walk up
and the walk down
10. Repeated notes and chromaticism
11. Harmonic Anticipation and
playing across the bar line
12. Voice leading 7th chords
13. Pedal points
14. Tri-Tone substitution
15. The Turnaround
16. Putting It All Together
17. Bebop Blues

All lessons include audio samples as well as full notation including bass clef and bass tab.

Walking Bass Workshop
Walking Bass Workshop Courses for upright and electric bass.

Bass Conversations Episode 0003 Walking Bass lines, Listening to the Masters

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Bass Conversations Episode 0003

Constructing Walking bass lines using simple devices such as the root & 5th, triads & 7th chords.

Listening to the Masters

The Jazz Bucket List continues

 

New Release – Walking Bass Lines for Guitar – The Blues in 12 keys Book I

 

Bass Conversations Episode 0002 Transcribing, how to construct walking bass lines, the jazz album bucket list

Bass Conversations episode 0002
Steven Mooney from Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines talks about the importance of
* transcribing and how to do your own transcriptions. 
* the importance of having your own sound and identity as a musician.

 

 

Bass Conversations Intro Episode 0001

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Bass Conversations with Jazz Bassist Steven Mooney of Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines
Music related sessions for players of all ages and levels.

Introduction Episode includes topics – Developing  a strategy to make progress, Hitting the wall, Organizing your practice time. Developing a check list. 

Includes links to topics discussed in the podcast. 

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Easy walking bass lines for beginners bass tab.

Jazz bass tab - the blues in 12 keys
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Easy walking bass line  – The Jazz blues in F

The next example shows the Jazz Blues progression.  This chord progression is popular when playing in a jazz setting.

 

Easy walking bass line techniques jazz blues bass tab

The Jazz Blues Progression in F . Simple walking bass line in F bass tab

Easy walking bass line example The Blues in F 

 

For more bass tab,  bass line examples  check out the bass tab page. The examples shown in this article  are from  Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines  Book I The Blues in 12 keys https://constructingwalkingjazzbasslines.com/bass-tab-jazz-blues-chords-arpeggios/

 

The 4 feel walking bass technique 

Easy walking bass lines jazz blues in F 4 Feel bass tab

The Blues in F 4 Feel simple walking bass line

Easy walking bass line The 4 feel over jazz blues in F

Walking bass line Masters.

Jazz bass greats the walking bass line

Paul Chambers provided the "pulse", hard swinging walking bass lines behind the who's who of jazz.

Paul Chambers one of the most studied jazz bassists of all time. A true Master of the walking bass line. 

 

Walking bass line Masters includes many of the most well known jazz bassists in history, as well as some of those not as often heard of.

Often when your talking about the masters or jazz greats of bass we here names like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Jimmy Garrison, Oscar Pettiford etc. Depending on who you are talking to, you may here names like Slam Stewart, or Jimmy Blanton, or Charles Mingus. If you start hearing names like Wilbur Ware, Butch Warren, Herbie Lewis,  then you know your talking to some one who has spent some time checking out some jazz records and jazz bass players.

Theres a large list of  Jazz Walking bass line Masters.   Including many of the most well known jazz bassists in history. As well as some of those not as often heard of.   Not yet mentioned,  Neils Henning Orsted Pederson, Reggie Workman, Jymmie Merrit, Nat Reeves, Art Davis, Richard Davis, Steve Davis, Scott LaFaro.  These are just a few of the masters of the walking bass line.

When we talk about these players quite often an experienced jazz musician or listener of jazz will say , oh I can recognize Ron Carter , or Ray Brown within a couple of notes.

How do they do that ?

It all comes down to the sound and how they put the walking bass line together. When walking bass lines over jazz standards, you will find that the same notes and cycles are used by the greats to walk their bass lines. The difference comes from the way they put it all together, this comes down to their musical personality and the story they have to tell.

Some players will play right on the front of the beat, some will play more laid back, thats all part of the signature sound of the walking bass line.

Next time your listening to your favorite bass player walk bass lines, take the time to really tune into the finer details. What is it that makes them a walking bass line master ? How are they outlining the ii V progression, or the turnaround? How are they setting up the top of the tune as the soloists change over?

 

Walking bass line Masters

Charles Mingus providing the pulse for Eric Dolphy

 

During the course of this blog post I will be giving some information on Walking bass line Masters and offering some albums that might be worth checking out.

 

.https://constructingwalkingjazzbasslines.com/2018/09/22/jazz-albums-bucket-list/

 

Paul Chambers 

Paul Chambers also known as “Mr P.C” , the song written for Paul by John Coltrane on his album Giant Steps. Paul Chambers played with the top musicians of the era including but not limited to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Sonny Clarke, Lee Morgan, Thelonius Monk, Oliver Nelson, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons and Jackie Mclean, just to name a few. Paul Chambers is one of the most studied jazz bassists in history. His superior knowledge of  jazz walking bass line vocabulary was second to none. His solo voice on the bass using Arco and pizzicato put him at the top of the first call bass players list. Many of the land mark recordings of the 1950s and early 1960s had Paul Chambers on bass. Examples include …

  • Miles Davis Kind of Blue
  • John Coltrane Giant Steps
  • Lee Morgan  Leeway
  • Oliver Nelson Blues and the Abstract Truth
  • Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners  ( Paul Chambers plays on Bemsha Swing )
  • Sonny Clarke Cool Struttin
  • Sonny Clarke Sonny’s Crib
  • Miles Davis  Workin, Relaxin, Steamin, Cookin  ( 4 classic releases featuring John Coltrane on Tenor Sax )
  •  Miless Davis – Round Midnight
  • Jackie Mclean Capuchin Swing
  • Dexter Gordon – Dexter Calling
  • Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness
  • Paul Chambers Bass on Top
  • Paul Chambers Whims of Chambers.

Wilbur Ware 

Wilbur Ware, pound for pound one of the greatest jazz bass players ever. Wilbur’s sense of rhythm is was something else and he always had that humorous side to his playing. Check out his playing on Sonny Rollins  “A Night at the Village Vanguard” in Wilbur’s solo on Softly as in a Morning Sunrise he quotes “old Macdonald had a farm”  in the bridge. Wilbur Ware had a heavy sense of swing that could really propel the band forward, and his use of rhythm and chord substitutions kept the soloist inspired and on there toes at all times.

Not surprisingly Wilbur Ware, like Paul Chambers played with the best of the best,  Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones, Grant Green, Johhny Griffin, Ernie Henry, Sonny Clarke, Clifford Jordan, Art Blakey, Tina Brooks, Kenny Dorham, Bobby Timmons.

Classic examples of Wilbur Wares walking bass and ensemble inspiration include 

  • Wilbur Ware – Chicago Sound 
  • Sonny Clarke – Dial S for Sonny
  • Ernie Henry – Presenting Ernie Henry
  • Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk w/ John Coltrane 
  • Sonny Rollins – A Night at the Village Vangaurd
  • Clifford Jordon – Jenkins, Jordon and Timmons
  • Johnny Grifffin – Way Out
  • Grant Green – Remembering
  • Lee Morgan – Indeed 
  • Wilbur Ware – Super Bass 

Jimmy Garrison

Jimmy Garrison was most widely known for his collaborations as part of the Classic John Coltrane Quartet. His extensive work with John Coltrane both live and in the studio would go down as some of the most inspired bass playing in jazz history.  The rhythm section of McCoy Tyner , Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison is legendary and the driving force behind many of Coltrane’s greatest record dates.  Jimmy had a huge sound and his pulse and use of double and triple stops made him recognizable almost immediately. 

Jimmy Garrisons playing on A Love Supreme is classic jazz bass playing. The lines swing hard, propel the ensemble and are pure bass melodies. It doesn’t get much better than that. 

Jimmy Garrison played and recorded with many other great musicians, often overshadowed by his legacy with John Coltrane. Other artists include Jackie Mclean, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins, JR Monterose, Lee Konitz, Kenny Durham,  Ornate Coleman, Walter Bishop Jr. Philly Joe Jones, Cal Masssey.

Recommended listening for Jimmy Garrison 

  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  • John Coltrane – Live at the Village Vangaurd
  • John Coltrane – Crescent
  • John Coltrane – Ballads 
  • John Coltrane – Stallar Regions
  • John Coltrane – Live at the Half Note
  • Jackie Mclean – Swing Swang Swingin
  • Alice Coltrane – Cosmic Music
  • Kenny Durham – Show Boat
  • Ornette Coleman Ornette on Tenor
  • Elvin Jones – Puttin it together
  • Sonny Rollins – East Broadway Run Down
  • Archie Shepp – Attica Blues
  • McCoy Tyner – McCoy Tyner plays Ellington
  • Call Massey – Blues to Coltrane
  • Jimmy Garrison – Illumination

Flat back upright bass restoration project on carved upright bass

Flat back upright bass restoration project on carved upright bass

Broken Neck repair, New bass bar, new ebony fingerboard, new x bracing on back,

This was a big project from start to finish but the results were well worth the effort.

I also made and fitted a fingered C extension to this bass.

Checking positioning of the braces

Marking out for new bracing Pt2

Marking out for new bracing

Thats a lot of clamps, Upright bass flat back bracing

Gluing in the bracing on fallback bass

Glueing in the x bracing on flat back bass

X bracing flat back bass

Making the x braces

Chalk fitting the bass bar

The start of the project, top off with Coltrane looking things over.

Gluing in cleats on flat back bass

Removing the old bracing

upright bass restoration. Carved fallback bass
Complete x bracing back glues to ribs on flat back bass restoration