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Welcome to Module 4. By now you should be able to play very solid walking lines, spiced up by application of chromaticism. So far, in each bar we have been playing the root of the chord on beat one. In this module we are going to start the measure with chord tones other than the root. By doing so, our lines will get more melodic quality. We are now going to incorporate arpeggios voice leading to our lines.
In this module more than any time before, we are going to make use of the ability of playing arpeggios in all inversions.
In simple words the concept of voice leading in walking bass line occurs when the chord tone played on beat four leads to the nearest chord tone of the next chord. In this way, we give our line very solid, melodic and smooth character. By changing the contour of our line, in other words changing the direction of our line, we are going to approach different chord tones when navigating over chord changes.
This concept may seem to look difficult at first, but if you take your time and patiently practice it on a daily basis, then it will become your second nature. If this is something completely new to you, then is very important that you practice without the metronome and only after you feel comfortable with it, start to play in time.
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