Andrew Ford guides you on an illuminating exploration of 8 versatile Walking Bass Performance Studies. The bass lines, techniques and harmonic approaches that you’ll learn across these 8 studies can be used in your own original compositions, arrangements, vamps, jams and creative development.
“Every bass player needs to know how to play walking bass lines. It’s THE foundation of jazz bass playing and dates back to the 1800’s when the sound was used by classical composers. Jazz greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, and Ron Carter refined the walking concept and you’ll hear it all over contemporary pop, blues and even popular rock tunes.
Learning to play walking bass lines is essential in many ways. First, it’s a great way to navigate chord changes, the sound really propels a song forward, and ultimately understanding the foundations of walking bass lines is definitely gonna help you get and keep more gigs.”
For each Performance Study, Andrew will give you an overview of the approach, describes its harmonic characteristics and then perform the study. In the breakdown section of each study, Andrew will break it down measure-by-measure emphasizing the techniques you’ll need to perform the walking bass lines as written and then use those techniques and approaches to craft your own lines.
Andrew’s 8 Performance Studies range across a variety of keys and feels, to illustrate a wide set of harmonic and technical approaches:
(1) Sunny Side Up (2-5 and 2-5-1 patterns examining how simple and repetitive note choices and patterns can still make solid, great sounding walking bass lines)
(2) So Now What? (an example of a modal jazz walking bass line consisting of only two chords focusing on the Dorian mode and mixing chordal, alternate scales and chromatic lines liberally)
(3) Silk and Satin (features a lot of 2-5 patterns, triplets, implied turnarounds, ghost notes, and walking over the same chord for two bars straight, allowing time to create tension and release)
(4) 1-3-5 Blues (explores the concept of having a beginning note, a support note, and then right to the transition note for the next chord when walking in 3/4 time)
(5) Rockin' and Walkin' Medley (a collection of bass lines, played in the same tempo and key, based on hit pop songs by the Beatles, Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and Chicago)
(6) E Dub (very versatile walking bass line approach for a blues shuffle using bigger interval leaps, targeted note choices in turnarounds and a traditional blues shuffle groove)
(7) Rays Dance (walking bass line approaches for triplet rhythms, ghost notes, finding note choices over two alternating chords, and jumping up to the higher range of the bass for impact)
(8) Sunday Mornin’ (gospel style walking bass line in Ab working with two of the most common progressions when playing these "shout" patterns, 1 to 5 progression, and 1 chord to the 4 chord progression)
Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you’ll also get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
Grab your bass, shine those shoes and let’s get walking…
About the Series
Designed for intermediate and advanced students, TrueFire’s Essentials courses consist of Performance Studies focused on the "essential" harmonic and technical characteristics of a particular style of playing. Educators first perform the study for demonstration purposes and then break it down for the student. Performance Studies include tab, notation and practice rhythm tracks.