Walking Bass ii-V-I Major Lines

In this course the student will build a musically useful vocabulary of walking lines for 2-5-1 lines that covers a lot of ground on the fingerboard. The use of chord tones, mode tones, chromaticism, and dissonance will be discussed and demonstrated. These lines will provide a solid foundation for walking on a variety of chord progressions and will help to prepare the student to play effective, rhythmic walking lines on songs and standards.

Learning Objectives

Play effective walking lines on major and minor 2-5-1 chord progressions.

Use scalar lines with chromaticism for harmonic flavor.

Use triadic material at will to add range.

Create rhythmic interest without overpowering the groove.

Train the ear by singing all bass lines played.

Difficulty Level

This course material begins at an easier level but becomes intermediate/advanced within a few lessons. There is much use of rhythm, range, and modal harmonic flavor to create challenges for more advanced players.

LESSON 1

Walking Bass
Major ii – V7 – I

LESSON 2

Walking Bass
Major ii – V7 – I

LESSON 3

Walking Bass
Major ii – V7 – I