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Walking Module System 1 and Summertime

Discussion in 'Ask Todd Johnson [Archived]' started by edgewise, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. edgewise


    Feb 23, 2007
    I have the Todd Johnson Walking Bass Line Module System Volume 1. I'm still working my way through it, but so far I'm really enjoying it. This is top notch and highly recommended.

    I do have a question though for Todd or anyone else familiar with the Vol 1 material.

    I am trying to apply the triad modules to Summertime (hayward & gershwin). So far, I am unable to come up with a set of modules that sound decent when trying to walk this song. Perhaps this song is better served by the scalar approach (disc 2 - which I don't have yet).

    Any thoughts?
  2. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Hi Edgewise,

    The volume 1 modules will work GREAT on Summertime (or any other standard for that matter).....

    Like I tell you in the DVD....Go through the progression using ONE module at a time...get in control of it... then repeat that process using different modules. Once you've got 10 or 15 of them together you simply need to mix them up and "use a different module every measure or so..."

    Try this:

    For chords that last 1 measure let's use these modules: 1353 135A 151A 151B and 1585

    For Chords that last 2 beats: let's use 1A 1B and 15

    Try using just those modules.....if you get stuck, then write them out....but try to think your way through it first OK??

    So...... your assignment is to apply this to Summertime. Get it together and get back to me.

    Cool?? Cool......

    Have fun......I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  3. edgewise


    Feb 23, 2007
    Thanks for responding. I'll take your suggested modules and give it a whirl.

    Once things gel, I'll get back to you.

  4. edgewise


    Feb 23, 2007
    Hey Todd,

    You were spot on.

    I'm playing the chords as follows:

    Dmin (1353) | Dmin (135a) | Dmin (151a) | Dmin (1585)

    Gmin (1353) | Gmin (135a) | Emin7b5 (151a) | A7 (1585)

    Dmin (1353) | Dmin (135a) | Dmin (151a) | Gmin (1a) C7 (1b)

    FMaj7 (135a) | Emin7b5 (1a) A7 (1b) | Dmin (135a) | A7 (151a)

    Sounds not too bad, eh? I'll keep messing with it. I hope to pickup up your next dvd soon.


  5. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    You've got the right idea....Way to go. I'm proud of you

    Play the tar out of that with a great time feel and you're on your way....Congratulations!!!!:bassist:
  6. ctregan


    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Before I order Todds' Walking Bass Line book, could someone tell me what the (a), (b) and 1a, 1b, represent in the chord structures above?

    Thanks for any replies, I am testing out this song for fun. Hope to get the book soon.
  7. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Good question.....

    1 = root

    A = 1/2 step above the "next" root.

    B = 1/2 step below the "next" root.

    Make sense???
  8. ctregan


    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Great idea! Helps a player think ahead to the next chord too.

    I found some guy on utube who explains it really well:

    toddjohnsonmusic's Channel - YouTube