Walking Bass Lines: #4 Bass and Harmony Independence

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Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!

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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.



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Walking Bass Lines: #3 Jazz Blues in C

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Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!



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Walking Bass Lines: #2 Scale Passages & Enclosures

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Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!

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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.

Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!

Walking Bass Lines: #1 Got Rhythm?

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Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!

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Walking a bass line is an important skill to have when comping for other instrumentalists. This video lesson is an introduction to understanding how you can create simple walking bass lines on the fly using diatonic and chromatic approach notes. We’ll use a two-bar IM7 VI7 ii7 V7 progression in the key of C as our harmonic foundation for this lesson. This progression is often used as a turnaround figure and is found in hundreds of standard jazz and blues songs. It is also a central element in “rhythm changes”- a common song form that utilizes the chord changes to George Gerswin’s “I Got Rhythm.”

Walking Bass Lines is a free weekly video guitar lesson series covering great rhythm progressions for jazz, blues, or swing guitar. Your instructor is John Horne, who is working on a new TrueFire online classroom. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe!