#1
the walking bassline can be a hard technique to master, but with this guide, you will be able to walk like paul chambers. hopefully. maybe. perhaps.


the walking bassline is a very creative form of bass playing. in this column, I will teach you how to play a very simple bassline, on the tune of autumn leaves.

the formula

the formula for playing a walk is very simple when written, but is almost impossibly hard to put into practice. so, a good tip is, when youre starting out, always take it slowly.

each step in this formula equals one quarter note.

1/beat one - play the root note
simple enough, play the note that corresponds to the chord note.

eg. - a very simple bassline

bassline blues
c d g a
|------------|------------|----------|----------|
|------------|0-----------|----------|----------|
|3-----------|------------|----------|0---------|
|------------|------------|3---------|----------|

this is the root note of each chord played for four beats.
moving onto the next beat...

beat one - play any note in the chord's scale
for example, in the first bar of 'bassline blues' the second beat could be anything in c major scale.

to continue bassline blues...

c d g a
|------------|------------|-----------|----------|
|---2--------|0--4--------|-----------|----------|
|3-----------|------------|---2-------|0--4------|
|------------|------------|3----------|----------|
^
this is the third
of the c major scale,
and is an excellent
choice for the second
beat.

beat three - the same as beat two
exactly the same as step two, but on beat three - and with a different note

c d g a
|------------|------------|-----------|-----------|
|---2--3-----|0--4--5-----|-----------|-----------|
|3-----------|------------|---2--3----|0--4--5----|
|------------|------------|3----------|-----------|
^
this note is the
4th of c.

the hard bit - the 4th note, also known as the leading note
the best way of thinking about the 4th note is that the 4th note is actually attached to the next bar, and has nothing to do with the bar its in. although, it helps if it follows on from the 3rd note.

the 4th note is there for the first note of the next bar to follow it.
there are two ways to do this

1/ the chromatic way - using the note directly above or below it

for example, if you want to move up to a g chord, you could use Gb or Ab as the 4th note of the last bar, so the new note can follow on.

2/ using the fith of the new chord

so, if we take G as the new chord, the leading note would be D


so, going back to 'bassline blues'

c d g a
|------------|------------|------------|------------|
|---2--3--4--|0--4--5--0--|------------|------------|
|3-----------|------------|---2--3-----|0--4--5--4--|
|------------|------------|3--------4--|------------|
^ ^ ^ ^
a chromatic a fith note a chromatic this goes back
leading note to the C chord.


learning 'autumn leaves'

now we are going to try to learn a classic jazz song

this is just one way of playing it

Cm7 F7 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7
|------------|------------|-------------|-3--1--0------|
|----------2-|-3--1--0----|----3--1--0--|----------1---|
|-3--5--6----|----------3-|-1-----------|--------------|
|------------|------------|-------------|--------------|


Am7 D7 Gm
|-------------|------------|-------------|--------------|
|-------------|------------|----5--4--5--|--------------|
|----------4--|-5--3-------|-------------|-5--3---------|and repeat
|-5--7--8-----|-------6--5-|-3-----------|-------6--5---|

notice the leading notes.

and, that it always goes up, or down, in the chord that the bar is in.


so, i hope you find this helpful. i used to think this was impossible but [cliche warning] its all a matter of practice.
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#2
hmmmm

the tabs have screwed up, but you get the general idea
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>hen I said 'must', i meant just.

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#5
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Have a read of Bales' lesson on this...here



crap

didnt know it had been done
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>hen I said 'must', i meant just.

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#7
use the and not in the quotes.
Sounds good...


Hmm Crit4crit?

ok
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#8
this would be a very helpful finger exercise for below average guitar players like me..
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