Summertime – Simple Walking Bass Tutorial
In this lesson we are going to apply a simple but effective walking bass. A nice place to start out with walking bass lines is to create lines using just the root and 5th in combination with either chromatic or whole step approach tones.
Playing just the root and 5th will help to build your hand independence and prepare you for more advanced study of walking bass lines.
For the purpose of this tutorial we will keep things simple to provide an accessible introduction to this style of playing.
You should also understand that you don’t have to stick exclusively to the bass line, you can temporarily step out and then back in. This is useful when the harmony is static or repetitive, for example, in bars 3/4 and bars 5/6.