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Simply put, the term "walking" refers to the steady quarter-note basslines played by a jazz bassist. It is a continuous, ever changing and evolving melody that guides us through the chord progressions found in jazz music. The main function of a walking bassline is to establish the root motion of a chord progression while creating a steady (heartbeat-like) rhythmic foundation. But in the hands of a skilled improviser, the walking bassline can be a beautiful and complex melody line that is as interesting as any solo.
The purpose of this book is to provide the beginning to intermediate jazz bassist a working vocabulary of walking basslines and concepts for improvising. Each example includes not only written basslines, but also a series of exercises that step-by-step introduce root motion, chord tones, scale patterns and chromatic half-step approaches. Also included in each example are the scales, modes and arpeggios that correspond with the chords in the progression. The written basslines begin as simple quarter-note rhythms then progress into skips, ghost notes, syncopations and triplets. Written in standard notation only (no TAB). Spiral bound. 79 pages. Audio files (in MP3 format) are included with this title, as a download after purchase. The MP3 files have the piano panned all the way left and the bass all the way right so you can isolate either one of the tracks.