WALKING BASSLINES: A GUIDE TO CREATING AND IMPROVISING JAZZ BASSLINES - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
WALKING BASSLINES: A GUIDE TO CREATING AND IMPROVISING JAZZ BASSLINES - EBOOK/PDF VERSION
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 an immediate download after purchase. The MP3 files have the piano panned all the way left and the bass all the way to the right side so you can isolate either one of the tracks.
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Product Code: IND085
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Artist/Author: Chuck Bianchi
Publisher/Distributor: Chuck Bianchi
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SAMPLES FROM THIS TITLE
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Sample #1 - Blues in F
Sample #2 - Blues in G Minor
Sample #3 - Chord Changes in the Style of Perdido

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, (heart-beat 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. The MP3 files have the piano panned all the way left and the bass all the way to the right side so you can isolate either one of the tracks.

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