Get On Your Feet & Walk That Bass

It’s Easy When You Take Simple Steps!

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Walking Bass Has Never Seemed So Simple

64 Video Lessons To Get You On Your Feet And Walking! 

“Walking Bass can just seem so difficult!”

“For the first few years of playing I could never understand how Jazz players can effortlessly improvise a melodic walking bass line through a chord progression. It seemed so advanced and above my level of understanding and without guidance I was constantly asking ‘where do I start?!’ ”

“Enrolling in music school changed all that when I was assigned to playing in a jazz ensemble. The band leader gave me enough guidance to stumble through the songs and over time I began to understand all of the skills and practice needed for developing a walking vocabulary ”

“Now, twenty five years later, through a career of professional playing and teaching, I’ve developed a simple, step by step path to success that builds from a solid foundation so you never have to feel inadequate or overcome by what can seem a mountainous task”

“Simple Steps To Walking Bass guides you along a clear and easy path to improvising great melodic lines through any chord progression all over the fretboard”

Mark J Smith (Creator of Talkingbass)

Lesson Breakdown

Click on a Module for a lesson rundown:

Lesson 1-0: Intro

Lesson 1-1: What Is A Walking Bass Line

Lesson 1-2: Tone

Lesson 1-3: Chord Tones

Lesson 1-4: Intervals

Lesson 1-5: Triads

Lesson 1-6: Cycle Of Fourths

Lesson 1-7: Seventh Chords

Lesson 1-8: Chords In A Major Key

Lesson 1-9: Two Feel

Lesson 1-10: Root Note Targeting

Lesson 1-11: Root-Fifth

Lesson 1-12: The Fifth Below

Lesson 1-13: Guided By The Journey

Lesson 1-14: Alternative Fingerings

Lesson 1-15: The Third

Lesson 1-16: Dropping To The Third

Lesson 1-17: Mixing It Up

Lesson 1-18: Targeting The Third

Lesson 1-19: Sevenths

Lesson 1-20: The Minor 7 Flat 5

Lesson 1-21: Rhythmic Variation

Lesson 1-22: Approach Notes

Lesson 1-23: Chromatic Approach

Lesson 1-24: Ghost Notes and Skips

Lesson 1-25: Second Position

Lesson 1-26: Applying Positions

Lesson 1-27: Position Shifting

Lesson 2-1: A Basic Walking Line

Lesson 2-2: The Walking Journey

Lesson 2-3: The Elements Of Walking Bass

Lesson 2-4: Seventh Chords

Lesson 2-5: Core Triads

Lesson 2-6: Alternative Arpeggios

Lesson 2-7: Applying Positions

Lesson 2-8: Descending Chord Tones

Lesson 2-9: The Simple Walking Hack

Lesson 2-10: Scales & Modes

Lesson 2-11: Applying Scales

Lesson 2-12: Scale Positions

Lesson 2-13: Descending Scales

Lesson 2-14: Minor Scales and Modes

Lesson 2-15: Chromatic Notes

Lesson 2-16: Applying Chromatics

Lesson 2-17: Vocabulary

Lesson 2-18: Progressive Practice

Lesson 2-19: Two Chords Per Bar

Lesson 2-20: Moving Around The Fretboard

Lesson 2-21: Aiming For The Third

Lesson 2-22: Walking Over Multiple Bars

Lesson 2-23: Skips

Lesson 2-24: Triplets

Lesson 2-25: Walking In 3/4

Lesson 2-26: Simplifying Jazz Chords

Lesson 2-27: Static Chords

Lesson 2-28: Basics Of Functional Harmony

Lesson 3-1: Introduction

Lesson 3-2: Progression #1

Lesson 3-3: Progression #2

Lesson 3-4: Progression #3

Lesson 3-5: Progression #4

Lesson 3-6: Progression #5

Lesson 3-7: Progression #6

Lesson 3-8: The Next Step

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Simple Steps To Walking Course?

Simple Steps To Walking Bass is a step by step approach to improvising walking bass lines on bass guitar. It is a multimedia course using a combination of video lessons, PDF workbooks and MP3 backing tracks to provide the most comprehensive, step-by-step approach to sight reading available today.

What level of player is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at any player looking to get started with walking bass lines. Even some advanced players lack the skills or experience needed to walk fluently through chord progressions so the level of the player is all relative to their stylistic experience. 

What Will I Learn?

After completing the course you will have the knowledge and ability to improvise a walking line through any chord progression using a variety of chord tones, scales and chromatic devices. 

How Long Are The Lessons?

The lesson lengths vary but each level and pack will be many hours in length, providing many weeks, months or even years of practice.

How is the course presented? Do I Download Anything?

The course is hosted on the Talkingbass website so there are no video files to download. The Lesson Material is all available to download from a dedicated Dropbox folder

Can I see a Sample Lesson from the course?

Of course you can. Here’s a quick lesson on applying Seventh Chords:


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