Walking bass transitions

Discussion in 'Ask Todd Johnson [Archived]' started by dumant, May 4, 2012.

  1. dumant


    Mar 21, 2011
    Hi Todd,

    I am slowly going through your first "Walking bass" video, and at some point you state a rule for transitions: half/whole step above or below, quarter up / fifth down, octave up/down.

    What's the rationale for this rule? For instance, if I need to go from Bb to F, what would be the problem with playing ..13/1... ? Is it because the harmonic change would not be obvious enough? Any other reason?

    Thanks a lot for any hint,


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