I am introducing to you a complete course on how to create walking bass lines. The material has been divided into four modules containing various ideas of patterns one can use, when walking over chord changes. However, you need to understand, that learning walking bass lines is ongoing process, and although this course talks over various concepts, approaches and main components of that extremely wide part of jazz tradition, it is entirely up to you, if after completing this course you want to extend your studies on this topic .

Learning walking bass lines is  like learning language. In order to create a sentence you have to learn single words first, which in our case are different patterns of walking lines. This words – patterns will make up your vocabulary. The best way of learning this material is by isolating each concept and playing it through the entire song. This is going to give you the clarity of sound and feel of each pattern. When you have mastered a few of them you be able to freely mix them together and naturally start playing variations.

The role of walking bass line is to outline harmony through melody. In other words, instead of playing the chord, we  play single notes in succession to outline this chord. Generally we have available four quarter notes per bar to make this happen. Our job is to choose the right one and THIS COURSE WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO DO IT STEP BY STEP!

We will learn how to make our lines sound extremely solid by using mainly chord tones to start with. We will also learn how to make our lines sound more jazzy by incorporating chromatic steps to create strong feel of tension and release. Finally will learn how to make our lines sound more melodic by applying concept called voice leading.

To help you with learning this material, I have included pdf files with standard notation and tablature to illustrate each lesson. You are also going to get a free backing tracks of jazz standards that we are going to be working on! (Read more about backing tracks here.)

After completing this course you will be able not only freely improvise your lines over standard chord progression but also choose how you want your lines to sound like.

If you have a question about lesson material, or just want to contact me to share your thoughts, feel free to email me at walkingbasslessons@gmail.com. I am more than happy to answer your questions!

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Module 1 – Chord Tones
Module 2 – Scales (Passing Tones)
Module 3 – Chromaticism
Module 4 – Arpeggios (Voice Leading)