Autumn Leaves Simple Walking Bass Line
In this lesson on Autumn Leaves bass lines, we will explore a simple way to approach the tune with a walking bass.
This is similar to how we approached the bass line for Summer Time Tutorial and we will mostly be using roots and 5ths to create the bass line.
The key to this approach is that we are only outlining the half beat. This means that the walking bass line will only be on beats 1 and beats 3.
This approach keeps things simple, and it will allow you to explore more melodic possibilities in your right hand.
Walking Bass Line With Root & 5th
The root and 5th can make an excellent bass line and it gives you a lot of freedom melodically to enhance the melody and add in improvised sections.
To get inspiration for melodic decoration and improvisation you need to listen to many different recordings of Autumn Leaves and take little bits from each.
You will hear every jazz musician phrases the melody differently. I particularly like to transcribe melody heads from trumpet and sax player because I like their approach patterns and how they target the chord tones.