<h1 align="center">Walking Bass Line Myths Exposed! </h1> <p align="center"><strong>By Pete Coco</strong></p> <p>Jazz is an incredibly difficult music to play in many ways. It is technically demanding, harmonically advanced, and extremely interactive. For a young musician just beginning to dive into the art form, it can seem a daunting task. As a young bass player, I can remember having many ideas of what jazz was and was not, especially when it came to walking bass line construction. Many of my misconceptions about walking bass stemmed from a simple lack of harmonic and melodic understanding, as well as what I call an aural deficiency, which simply means I had not yet assimilated enough jazz history in the form of recordings. I believe that lots of young bass players share these same misconceptions and that they serve only to stifle musical progress. This article will address some of these myths in an attempt to provide some clarity and direction in constructing walking bass lines.