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walking bass lines

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izzie_stakks  
16 Feb 2010 09:01 | Quote
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how are they made?
Littlewing  
18 Feb 2010 10:05 | Quote
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Alot of passing tones. Say you have a dominant 7th chord

C
E
G
Bb

Bass players will play leading tones below that

B C
D# E
F# G
A Bb

Or sometimes even whole tones below

Bb C
D E
F G
Ab Bb
JustJeff  
18 Feb 2010 16:12 | Quote
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The way I look at walking bass lines is the following:

Given the progression:

C, D, Em

Let's use non inverted chords, so the bass is the name of the chord, a walking bass line would be developed by the following.



E|-0---2---0-|
B|-1---3---0-|
G|-0---2---0-|
D|-2---4-1-2-|
A|-3-4-5-----|
E|-----------|


As you can see, the bass line "walks" up to the next chord. It doesn't "have" to be single steps, but usually it is. Inverted chords makes this sound a lot better so experiment with it!


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