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Feb 1, 1. Nov 5, Baxter, TN. I've played metal, rock, and funk for many years now, but always felt weak on the jazz end of things. I've purchased several books on the subject to try to learn, but at best they gave several scales to learn and said "play over these chord changes.
I could listen to a good walking bass line and know it sounded good, and could listen to MY walking bass line and know it was not good - but that was about it. Thanks to the reccomendations of this forum I puchased Ed Friedland's "Building Walking Bass Lines," and am not quite halfway through the book.
This is the first time this has ever made sense to me - starting with roots, adding 5ths, and so on. The building block method of this book makes it easy to understand WHY you're playing what you're playing, and the mix of fully written bass lines for you to play verbatim, empty chord charts for you to improvise over, and audio bass tracks to transcribe seem like the perfect tools to help me better understand this.
The audio CD is invaluable as well, so you can actually HEAR what you are doing and what a "good" bassline would sound like over the same changes with or without the bass, instead of just trying to imagine it. I feel like I've already made good progress in the few short lessons I've completed, and am really looking forward to working through the rest of this book.
I'd never heard of Ed Friedland before coming to this forum, and just wanted to say "thanks. Feb 2, 2. Jul 16, Yeah, Ed Friedland has some great instruction material. All are great books. I like to work exclusively with one book for about a month and then move onto another. Cycling through them. Good Stuff! Feb 2, 3. Jan 24, Love it although at parts such as scale apreaoch your therory is very important and when i started i didnt have it to a great standard and thats the one downfall id say.
Feb 2, 4. Aug 22, Brooklyn, NYC. From this, it's very easy to apply chromatic and scalar approach notes to and from roots and fifths on weak beats, and walking becomes a very straight-forward "formula" that's easy to get under the fingers. I've had more luck getting my students walking convincing lines than starting with triadic and seventh-chord arpeggiation. Ed's book isn't the be all end all - there are some topics that get a cursory glance at best - but it really is the best beginning resource out there.
Feb 2, 5. Nov 14, Ireland. Feb 2, 6. Nov 5, NYC. Feb 5, 7. Sep 14, Austin, TX. Thanks for all the nice comments about BWBL. True, it is not the final word on the subject, but it was designed to help get people over that first series of obstacles. Once you're up and running, learning more about the music becomes a little easier. TemplesOfSyrinx likes this. Feb 5, 8. Great book, Ed! Thanks for putting this together. On the exercises in which you don't list a bassline but just have chord changes, I follow your instructions to the "T" and enjoy playing over the chord changes without your bassline in the mix several times on my own, THEN listening to what you played on the CD, learning it, and transcribing it.
Thanks again - I can't say enough good things about this book! Feb 5, 9. Sep 20, Lancaster, PA. I have a Berklee degree and in a former life was a pretty good jazz pianist who emplyed left hand walking bass lines on occasion, and I really like the book.
Instead of just using the exercises, I'm applying the concepts starting with roots, adding fifths, then chromatic approach, etc. It's another way to approach the tunes besides simply playing chord tones as someone already pointed out , since there's no real challenge to me in finding the chord tones. Feb 5, Oct 2, Rutherford, NJ. Ed is a great player and a great communicator, no doubt. Rufus has a very methodical approach to line construction.
This is not so much theory on how to construct them but just great examples of lines which you can incorporate into your own understanding of a tune and your bass lines. Mike also does a great job of explaining the ornaments, pulloffs, ghost notes that make walking bass lines really groove. Jun 7, bronx, nyc. I need to learn how to walk the bass this seems like a good place to start al. You must log in or sign up to reply here.
Bass Hal Leonard Bass Builders. Instructional, Jazz and Play Along. Softcover Audio Online. With chord names, instructional text and introductory text. Published by Hal Leonard HL. 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.
Ed Friedland's "Building Walking Bass Lines"
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Building Walking Bass Lines