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Need Help With Walking and Blues

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by bjron, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. bjron


    Aug 15, 2005
    hey im 15 and from australia and i have been playing for about a year

    and i need help with walking bass lines and playing the blues and jazz

    does anyone have any sheet music or know of any sites that could help me

    of even some advice would be nice
  2. rossM


    Jun 27, 2005
    sydney australia
    The best place to start with good walking lines is the chord tones - you can make a solid line with these alone - then I suggest adding chromatics - you progress to scales attached to each chord skips & dead notes for colour and rhythmic punctuation - I suggest you get Rufus Reid's book - the evolving bassist - its all in there
  3. tzadik


    Jan 6, 2005
    Welcome to the world of walking.

    There are two things that will help greatly:

    1. Get recordings of great jazz music, crank up the bass so you can hear what's going on, and try to play along if possible. Listen, listen, listen and play, play, play.

    2. Master your arpeggios. 1-3-5-7. Know each one cold and be able to go from one the the next, like you mean it. This will help with #1.

    Rufus Reid's book and DVD are cool, and I agree you may find them helpful.
  4. TJC


    Jun 28, 2002
    Los Angeles
  5. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    This is happening over at the Music Theory section, have a looksy.

    And now for the question we've all been waiting for... Do you have a teacher?
  6. I have a suggestion. Purchase Ray Browns bass method. It gives you a bunch of highly construtive exercises especially with 10ths(3rds extended above the tonic. Practice these they will open up loads of possibilties. A store that sells it in sydney is the bass shop. they also sell the evolving bassist. I have that also .It has a different approach. Both of these books are great.
  7. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Wow! 6 posts and no one has asked the TBDB mantra: "Do you have a teacher?"

  8. Teacher!

    Teacher Smeacher LOL(In a forced phony laugh)
  9. Cairobill


    Dec 15, 2003
    "The Art of Walking Bass" by Bob Magnusson

    Explains the fundamentals behind walking bass in the clearest fashion...

    Did the trick for me - comes with a CD as well

  10. ctcruiser


    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    I agree, the Magnusson book is very good.