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Electric Bass Lessons: Walking Bass Lines

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like to talk about the walking bass lines
that we do.
You know, walking, as in keeping the notes
continually going, and there's
a lot of different choices that are
available to us in a walking bass line.
We can either outline the chord with
So, it keeps the motion going, or
we can actually outline the scale.
Or a variation of the two.
many different ways and choices to
approach the walking bass.
And I'll, I'll show you the more
traditional version first.
And then you can hear what that is, and
then we want to start
veering away from that and creating our
own versions of a walking bass line.
So here's the basic, simple, in the key of
C, walking bass line.
Here it is.
Okay, so fairly simple in the key of C.
Walking bass line.
Not too eventful and if I were to try to
spice that up a little bit and
notice that since it's sort of slow,
the tempo, and I'm trying to mute the
notes a little bit so the, so
the left hand is actually muting a little
bit, giving you this kind of sound.
And a lot of times, people want that
upright sound but
you're playing the electric bass, so you
can, you can simulate it a little bit.
Play close to the bridge, I mean close to
the neck on the right, right hand.
And then I use a little more meat as if I
were playing upright and then,
on the left hand, I just mute it a little
That's the note without being muted and
A little bit of a muting technique.
So, what you end up sounding like.
And that's really good if you want to just
do an impersonation of an upright bass and
it feels good in the track.
we'll play it once again and try to come
up with a little more creative bass line.
And still on the walking pattern, here we
So, that was little more of a walking bass
line combined with giving it a little more
character instead of just.
I added a little bit of rhythm.
You know.
give it a little bit of bounce, a little
bit of energy.
And now, I'd like to put the two together.
We have the walking bass line, we have the
chord progression, and then I'm just gonna
play a little bit ov, over that and
that'll sound something like this.
we're gonna do a walking bass Line in the
key at E, and we're just going to
demonstrate the very simple approach to
the walking bass Line again,
when you are thinking about walking you
You can start with ascending or descending
bass lines, and
if I were thinking about and going up, I
was just going to start on the E.
And that's one way to approach it we can
start with descending lines.
now we'll do a walk in E, and we'll
combine a little bit of the two so
we can see some of the choices we have for
walking in E.
So what you notice is I combined,
ascending and descending lines.
And kind of try to make different patterns
out of that.
You can hear that,
is the normal one that people would go
Now I'd like to show you, a variation on
So, coming up with little bass lines
within the walking pattern.
That we can use and the same with the
blues in E here we go.
So you can see that's a walking bass Line,
but combined with a few more notes, a
little few more skips.
A little,
few triplets inserted in there and, and
just lines to make is stay a little
So now, what I'd like to do is solo over
that, so
you can see the other options of playing
over the Blues in E, here we go.
we're talking about walking bass lines
and, as we walk, we love to walk.
In all kinds of music,
it's the continuing baseline that gets you
from point A to point B.
And we're using all of our 3 6 2 5s, 2 5
1s and
walking through those whole, those
So now we'd like to play in the key of G
and again one of the,
sort of oldest Basslines that I can think
of, it's just the walk.
So 1,3,5,6 basically of the scale.
So, I'm gonna try to combine that with,
again, ascending and descending
Basslines and see if we can walk through
the progression in the key of G.
Here we go.
Basic walking bass.
Now I'd like to do it again, but
incorporate a couple of triplets and
a couple of, more notes and, and
try to create just a little more
interesting bass line.
It goes like this.
[SOUND] So that's with just a little more
bounce, a little more pep.
It's walking the bass line but with a few
more skips in it and, and probably,
you know, a little more singable.
And now, we're gonna combine the baselines
we're gonna just solo a little bit over
Here's the blues in G.
So once again,
now it's your turn to play with these
tracks and
show me your interpretation of what you
can do with this walking bass line.
There are actually two different tracks
for you to choose to play with,
one if you want to just practice your
walking bass line.
You can play with that, and we also have a
that includes the bass line that's walking
and then you can solo over that.
So I'd love to hear some of your solo
And before you send it in, just be sure to
check out the other video exchanges
with the other students, because then you
can get an idea of what we like
to hear and what we have going back and
forth and
then send me a video and I'll be happy to
look at it and
let you know what we think, give you some
All right, looking forward to it.