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Watch the Essentials: Walking Bass Lines online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Essentials: Walking Bass Lines

When thinking about walking bass some think strictly in terms of jazz. Although walking bass is a monumental part of the foundation of jazz, many other styles incorporate walking bass lines also. You can find walking bass lines in pop, rock, country, r&b, gospel and other styles of music. Artists like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Chicago and others have had hit songs featuring walking bass. We will examine how the basic concepts of walking bass can be applied to creating your own walking bass lines in jazz, and a variety of other styles. Many bass players find the concept of walking bass elusive. In this course I will demonstrate some of the essential concepts to develop walking bass lines that groove, support the melody and soloist, sound good sonically, and are fun to play.