Walking Bass Line Piano Tutorial
In this lesson I’m going to provide an introduction to walking bass lines in jazz piano. I’m not just going to show you a walking bass line. I’m going to carefully deconstruct the anatomy and makeup of an effective walking bass so that you are equipped with the knowledge to apply this to any medium to up-tempo jazz standards.
We will start of by discussing some important principles for creating a simple walking bass line and then apply these principles in the context of both major and minor 251 progressions.
In part 2, we will then incorporate scales into our walking bass lines and talk about other stylistic aspects such as adding additional passing tones and how to correctly count to make your bass lines swing.
In Part 3 we will then apply these principles and concepts to the tune Autumn Leaves. Check out the Autumn Leaves Tutorial if you haven’t already watched it.
How To Create Walking Bass Lines Jazz Piano
When creating walking bass lines, it’s important to outline the root and 5th of the chord. Incorporating the 3rd of the chord will also give your bass line a stronger harmonic foundation.
When starting out with walking bass lines, I would recommend that you always target the root when changing chords. Later down the line, you can then choose to target tones other than the root of the chord.
When changing from 1 chord to the next in a bass line, there are 2 main options. The first option is a chromatic approach tone into the target note and the second option is from a whole tone above or below the target note.
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