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Jazz Basics, Combining Chords and
Walking Bass.
In this next lesson we're going to
combine walking bass and chords and
this is really good,
especially if you play in a duo setting,
if you play with a singer or if you
play with a, a non chordal instrument
like with a sax player,
trumpet player if you're doing a duo.
So you'd be able to not just do
the walking baseline like this,
like we did in the previous lesson.
But also.
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So, what I'm doing there,
actually this can be done in any tempo.
It, it's of course,
it's more difficult to do it fast.
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Like that than compared to doing,
but it's good to start like this.
And what you're doing is that you're
playing the same walking bass line as you
would play without the chords but you add
a chord here and there, for instance.
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One and one and two and three and four.
One and two and three, on the and
one and two and three and four.
And one and two and three and four.
One and two and three and four.
One and two and three and four.
So here I am starting The F,
F7 or 13 or F13, B13, F9.
C minor.
I do a 2 5 here.
C minor, F7.
Or C minor, B7.
B flat 7.
B diminished.
F7, E7, E flat 7, D flat 7,
G minor, C7, F7, D7, G7.
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I might start doing some
substitutions now.
F sharp minor, B flat, B7.
B flat minor.
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E flat 7.
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A minor.
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D7.
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A flat minor.
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D flat 7.
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D.
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C7.
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Like that.
And you can do the Charlie Parker changes.
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Like I did in the previous lesson.
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So as you can hear, especially when I'm
playing faster, the chord is you know,
really ringing that long it's more kind of
a percussive effect like
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Just like a little chord,
like a little [SOUND].
And if you want to make
it even more difficult,
you can try to keep
a constant rhythm going like.
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So practice this start slow
send me a video when you're
playing a blues in F.
Starting with the basic changes at a,
a good tempo that you feel, find suitable.
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And try to make the bass line bounce like.
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Not just stiff like this.
But make it a little alive.
And once you get it you
can start doing it faster.
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Then you come well come
up with all kinds of.
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Stuff like that, experiment a little bit.
So, send me a video and let me hear it.
All right.
So when I did this
walking bass with chords.
I don't know, I kind of like to prefer to
do it with the fingers, with the thumb and
with these three fingers for
the chords, one, two, three.
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But
you can also do it with the pick just so
you know, you can.
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Something like that.
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