Watch the Walking Shuffle online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide

Here is a blues walking bass line sample using the 1-4-5 chord progression in C. The approach is similar to that of a jazz walking line which we will discuss more about later, but more pattern-oriented, smaller intervals between notes, more driving, aggressive and with more attack. The line I will demonstrate will exclusively be made up of quarter notes. See if you can hear some of the patterns as I play it. One of the main patterns in this example walks up from, or down to, the major 3rd chromatically. There is also other chromatic movement that adds flavor to the line while smoothly tying the chords together making it more consistent and linear sounding than a jazz blues walking line.