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Walkdown Funk - Bass Line #3 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Santos and is sourced from 50 Bass Grooves You MUST Know.


This descending line is based on an Eb7th sound. A portion of the major pentatonic scale is used as a pickup to the downbeat on the "and of 4" of the second measure of this two measure phrase. Using a two bar phrase and altering the rhythmic placement of the notes in measure two is very effective while utilizing the same descending melodic information in both measures. The flatted 7th of the blues scale is used in both measures as an important harmonic and melodic sound while the natural sixth of the major pentatonic scale is also used. This dance between the major pentatonic scale and the blues scale is found in the playing of many great blues players and is a very useful device to develop.