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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Walking Bass Lines with Comping

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[MUSIC]
I
now wanna show you a little bit about
walking bass line with comping.
Now, first of all, the, the, probably the
best way for me to do this is, is to show,
show you how to do this on the, the 2-5-1
sequence.
So if we have, in the key of C.
I'll use C major seventh.
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A seventh.
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D minor seventh.
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G seventh.
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This is our turn around.
C major seventh.
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A seventh.
D minor seventh, G seventh.
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Now,
I'll drop the chords and I'll just play
the bass.
That's what we've got here.
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Now you
remember the other notes in the chord.
Here we go.
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Okay, let's go back to the bass.
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Chords and those inner voices, here is.
So we have.
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Back to the bass.
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So, here's the bass line again.
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And here's our chords.
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I don't even need to play that,
that note on the second string.
I'm just gonna play the ones in the
middle.
I'm gonna, I'm gonna drop this top note.
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Okay?
Now, back to the bass.
Let's do a walking bass line, a jazz
walking bass line.
What we have to do here, every other note,
we play a semitone
either below or above the note we're going
for.
So the choice is yours which way you want
to do it, but this is how we do this.
Here we go.
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Okay, that's a walking bass line.
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Now
if we harmonize that note as well, we get.
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Okay, you've got that.
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Now,
if we syncopate those other notes we get
this.
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Little stabs there.
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Now we're comping them.
I'll do it with a three here.
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Get of interest up here.
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Make sure the bass note rings out.
And those comping notes are a little
quieter, maybe a little wispy.
Remember, the, the fingernail and
the flesh that we're talking about giving
that breathy feel.
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Now we're swinging along.
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Now,
playing all the same notes again, I might
just change that percussive thing.
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This is where I bring in some of the bass
thing, remember that I was doing earlier
with the, with the upstroke on the bass.
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This real right hand playing cuz I'm just,
I'm just playing the same thing the left
hand.
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There's nothing magical going
on there it's just playing the notes.
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There's no, I'm not using
any expressive techniques with the left
hand at all it's all with the left.
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Now, we can also do a thing here where we
break up the bass.
So, we don't play bass four in the bar.
We can, we can then break this up.
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The whole principal of this is very, very
simple.
That's why I'm playing with the left hand.
Everything is coming from the right.
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So this is really,
this is the walking baseline and comping
put together.
The basic principle of it.
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Trying different keys.
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Brought melody in.
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Teach the world.