A walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing, but it is also used in rock music, blues, rockabilly, R&B, gospel, Latin, country and many other types of music. The term walking is used to describe the moving feeling that quarter notes create in the bass part. The specific goal of this book is to familiarize players with the techniques used to build walking bass lines and to make them aware of how the process works. Through the use of 90-minutes worth of recorded rhythm tracks, players will have the opportunity to put the new learning directly into action. This book literally gives bassists the tools they need to build their own walking bass lines.
This is a bass method book designed to help beginning bassists, or anyone wanting a solid foundation for creating walking bass lines. It covers all the basic principles of walking bass line construction, time feel tips, ear training, and transcriptions of every bass note the author plays on the accompanying play-along CD. Endorsed by Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Haslip, John Goldsby, Ben Allison, etc.
More than a playerÕs manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. …
Bass runs provide movement, harmony and a smooth transition as you change chords. Learning to add bass runs to chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good timing and single-note accuracy. Happy teaches a variety of bass "walks" in several keys, from the most basic to more complex chromatic runs. Songs include "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," "I Am A Pilgrim," "Walk Right In," more.