Jazz walking bass line neophyte here Sorry for the somewhat disjointed question, guess it's a symptom of my disjointed thinking on this topic ... I've noticed that when doing a walking bass line, when I hit a chord that has an altered fifth (say an altered or diminished chord), it generally doesn't sound so good to my ears if I play that altered fifth on a strong beat. This is quite the opposite of what happens when playing a perfect fifth in an ahem normal chord, where outlining the chord usually sounds fine. I at first thought that maybe the other players weren't always playing the altered fifth in their chords; but now I'm wondering if it's more that with these chords, a little goes a long way, particularly when used as passing chords; so even if the guitarist/pianist is playing that altered fifth in their chords, for me to emphasize it on a strong beat is just a bit too much. So I'm trying now to see if the chord is there motion to a new chord or key and to emphasize that motion by walking to that new place rather than lingering on that particular chord's chord tones. Thoughts?