This is awesome Bogdan! Thanks so much for taking the time to create yet another wonderful lesson. Walking bass is my favorite style of playing and you're one of the best at it. Your explanation of how to match chord types with scale mode notes is so useful. Im going to study this thoroughly. Thank you very much! Oh...and I love your J bass. I just wish I could mine as well as you play yours..lol ( someday maybe)
Your lessons are amazingly instructional Bogdan - hats off to you!
Thanks a lot guys!
I'm really glad you like the lesson. This approach of matching scales with chords translates to everything, not just walking bass.
Great walking Bogdan
this is a great lesson mate, thumbs up, i would use a bit more of compression on the bass tho, some notes just pop out more than other, that should fix it!
Thanks a lot guys
One neat trick to make walking bass lines more fun is to play with dynamics. For example, accenting beats 2 and 4 in a bar will help propel the tune forward as those beats are considered as strong beats regarding rhythm as opposed to beats 1 and 3 which are strong regarding harmony - in tradition of the 4 feel walking. Of course you can always mix it up a bit too
ahh got it man, you were trying to demo dynamics, that great!
Great stuff Bogdan! Now I got to practice my memory.
In this lesson I will show you a new concept for improvising walking bass lines.
You are going to learn Scalar Approach often called 7 note approach to walking bass. We are going to address relations between chords and scales and I'll show you which notes you can use to build your bass line. After learning material from this lesson you will be able to improvise on the spot walking bass lines to any progression just by looking at chords played in backing.
Demonstration tune is included and its in blues style!
- Blues backing track analysis
- Scalar approach (7 note approach)
- Dominant 7 chord type vs scale
- Minor 7 chord type vs scale
- Demo tune
- Slow parts of the demo tune
Tuning : E A D G
Gear used : American Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe, Nemesis NC115 amp via DI out to PC