Music sheets written walking bass lines.

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Roshen, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Roshen


    Jul 25, 2011
    Dear Forum members,

    I’m a amateur double bass player and I’m searching for music sheets with written walking bass lines from mostly standards. Especially from tunes like Giant Steps and Indiana/Cherokee but other (bebop) tunes are welcome.

    I’d like to explore more about written walking basslines to find out what sounds best and from which point of view the notes are chosen to fit best with the chords and within the whole context of the song.

    Thanks for your tips and help.

    Kind regards,

  2. Ray Brown and Ed Friedland's books get a lot of mention around here.
  3. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC
    For developing your own lines I think the book by Ed Fuqua "Walking Bassics" is a very good choice.

    Rufus Reid's "Evolving Bassist" is also good:

    If you are seeking lines to study I would suggest the Jamie Aebersold play along series. There are many books which have transcriptions of walking basslines from the recordings so you can see and hear the lines.

  4. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    There are some really good Abersold books full of walking lines. I have one of Ron Carters bass lines I like.
  5. petesenkowski

    petesenkowski Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  6. jolok


    Nov 26, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
  7. Roshen


    Jul 25, 2011
    Dear members,

    I apologize for my absence. I thank you all for your posts. I will read them all and check them also.

    Many thanks.

  8. Roshen


    Jul 25, 2011
    Hi DC Bass I already have Rufus’ book Evolning Bassist and that is a nice book and has some nice example of walking bass lines. Thx for your post. About J. Aebersold I still haven’t found a book with walking bass lines. Mazzeltof.
  9. Ross Kratter

    Ross Kratter Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    New York, NY
    Artist, La Bella Strings and Phil Jones Bass Amplification
    Modern Walking Bass Technique by Mike Richmond is a great option.
  10. cpaterso

    cpaterso Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Sorry I am late on this discussion. No one mentioned TONS of listening to bass lines, and some transcribing of the ones you like. And yes, the books mentioned all have good lines. And then you can also search on line. There are lots of pages of material out there.

  11. Roshen


    Jul 25, 2011
    Dear members,

    I’m looking for music sheets/transcriptions where the baseline is written preferably from jazz standards. I know most of the C. Parker, Th. Monk, J. Coltrane, M. Davis and H. Silver tunes. I am able to compose baselines and also to improvise on it. But because I read music notation better than years before I like to play more written baselines from other bass composers.

    Thanks for all the tips and comments.