Watch the Section 4: Walking Bass Studies online guitar lesson by John Goldsby from Upright Bass Handbook

Section 4 presents ten essential studies that show you all the nuts and bolts of constructing walking basslines, how to find the notes on the fingerboard, and how to move in and out of the half and first position. Walking basslines are an integral part of traditional jazz playing, as well as some types of R&B and country. If you know how to play a solid walking bassline, everyone will want to jam with you! Upright bass players know that we have to play "in time, in tune, and with a good sound." Those elements are not hard to learn when we break them down into small components, but they require thoughtful practice. So, let's get started!