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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by turkish, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. turkish

    turkish Guest

    Jul 14, 2002
    FCCAUSA, or here
    what are some tips you can give me on walking, i'm really bad at it :D
  2. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    how in depth is your knowledge of harmony ?
  3. turkish

    turkish Guest

    Jul 14, 2002
    FCCAUSA, or here
    pretty shallow i'm afraid
  4. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    well in order to sound consonant you have to know what chords you will be playing over and/or what linear harmony you will be playing against.

    If your piano player is playing a Gmaj7 chord you hvae to know what notes are in that chord plus have some knowledge of NTC's - non-chord tones that add flavor to your lines as well as helping you get from one chord tone to another.

    This is a very very basic outline of what you need to know.
    Do you have a teacher ?

    If not pm me; i'd be happy to get you started.

    Don Z.:)
  5. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    One foot in front of the other...

    Sorry, had to be done.
  6. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Yep, get thee to a teacher!

    To play jazz you need to get comfortable with a lot of harmony. Here's a few quick ideas off the top of my head, you'll want to investigate:

    Cycle of fourths
    Key Centres
    4 types of triads
    Diatonic Modes
    Chord Spelling
    Scale exercises
    Playing scales in position
    Playing scales on a single string
    ii - v exercises
    Transposing licks
    Making a book of your own jazz licks
    Transcribing bass lines and solos
    Upper structures or Extensions

    Some resources:
    Chord Studies for Trombone (or for Electric Bass)
    Ed Friedland's articles and books (see his site)
    Jamey Aebersold books
    Chuck Sher's Improvising Bassist
    Sher/Johnson Concepts for Bass Soloing
    Mark Levine Jazz Theory Book
    Gary Willis Fingerboard Harmony
    Mick Goodrick the Advancing Guitarist
    (don't let that title bother you!)
    Ray Brown Bass Method
    John Goldsby Jazz Bass Book

    (You might want to check out my student's resources page at my site as well for more links)

    Best Regards,
    LM Bass
  7. turkish

    turkish Guest

    Jul 14, 2002
    FCCAUSA, or here
    thanks alot, i do have a teacher but hes been working my time for a while, still not there yet but sonner or later....

    thanks again for the info
  8. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire

    If you are wanting to learn to play Jazz walking bass lines I would like to recommend a book. I have used this book with many students with great results.

    While there are many things about walking bass to learn, you must start somewhere.

    Creating Jazz Bass Lines

  9. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    i do believe that's an advertisement, mon Frere...:rolleyes:
  10. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    ...and don't try to chew gum at the same time ;)

    I made a new years resolution to get DB lessons and be able to play walking jazz lines by the end of the year.
    Tough work me thinks. By the way - I bought a walking bass lien book by Ed Friedland - great book, starts at the begining etc, but all I would say is that the most essential ingredient is practice!!!!

  11. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I Have that book, and it's helped me alot. Also "Building Walking Bass Lines" by Ed Friedland with the CD is also very helpful.
  12. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I apologize...No hard feelings I hope.

  13. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Hey BTW, doesn't Mr. Stinnnet have a new volume of his PC transcriptions featuring the bowed solos?
    Just curious, as I got a lot out of the first one, and still use it for teaching my students. . .
  14. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Hi, it is my first time posting.

    I just wanted to say that I studied with Jim Stinett at Berklee and we used his walking book. He is a great teacher and has written a wonderful book.

    Nice to see you around Jim!

  15. James S

    James S

    Apr 17, 2002
    New Hampshire
    LM Bass & Davehenning,

    Thanks for your kind words.