Quick Tips for Creating a Walking Line

Creating a Walking Bass Line

Guidelines:

  • 2 bars up…2 bars down
  • Root notes on down-beats
  • Approach the next chord by half step (from above is usually ‘ cooler’ than from below)

These 3 guidelines really help to make a great walking bass line. They’ve never let me down!

 

Considerations:

•    Time – lay it down! Groove! BE SOLID! •    Practice with a metronome or drum machine •    Also try setting the metronome to 2 & 4 •    K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid! •    Form…Form…Form

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