In this lesson we’ll begin to look at how to create the illusion of two independent parts using a walking bass line punctuated with occasional short chord stabs above. The focus here is on controlling the duration of the notes with the right hand in order to create parts that contrast with one another. The examples in this lesson use the first two bars of the C Blues bass line from Walking Bass Line Lesson 3. Once you have these two rhythms under your fingers try applying them to the rest of the blues progression or any other tune you’re working on.
Here is part 2 of my series of lessons on creating walking bass lines for TrueFire.com. In this video we expand on the concepts introduced in the Creating Walking Bass Lines 1 video lesson. We’ll explore three simple approaches to creating longer walking bass lines between chords: scale passages, scale passages with added chromatic passing tones, and enclosures. Once again, we’ll be using the IM7 VI7 ii7 V7 progression in the key of C but this time each chord change lasts for an entire measure of 4/4. A couple of well-known songs that use this progression include: “Have You Met Miss Jones” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and “The Song is You” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.
I have just started contributing weekly video lessons to TrueFire.com’s blog “The Punch-In” The topic will be on walking basslines and the series will have at least five parts. I will post the YouTube videos here as each part goes live as well as links to PDF’s with all of the examples in both standard notation and tab. If you have any questions along the way please let me know.