Watch the Jazz Progressions online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide
A jazz blues progression often has a few more chords than a standard 12 bar blues. It may also have extensions added to the chords like 13ths or b9s. They will commonly have more turnarounds and are more likely to incorporate minor and/or diminished chords. Our bass lines in this style can also be a bit more extensive over these chord changes and not as pattern oriented. The quarter note bass lines in these jazz blues progressions tend to be a little smoother sonically but angular(making use of wider interval leaps) when appropriate. Here is a jazz blues progression in F with a sample bass line. We will use the 2 and 4 click which makes it easier to swing than the quarter note click. Be sure and experiment creating your own bass lines after mastering the sample. Always try and record and analyze your practicing for maximum benefit.