Walking Bass Lines – Using Chord Tones: Fly Me To The Moon

2019-01-12T13:17:39+00:00October 4th, 2014|Categories: Walking Bass Lines|18 Comments

This is the third in the Walking Bass Series that aims to provide an introduction to walking bass lines for those just getting started. This lesson deals with the song Fly Me To The Moon and a basic approach to weaving a line through the progression using only chord tones.


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  1. Anthony Armstrong October 6, 2014 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Thanks again Mark very informative lesson.

  2. Gerry October 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Fantastic lesson. 45mins. producing 45 hrs worth of practice.

  3. William October 14, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Great Lesson! Can’t download the material.

  4. ken October 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Mark you are one hell of teacher , your explaination are very good . you have just taken my playing to a new level thanks Mark keep doing what your doing

  5. Cam Alexander February 6, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Can’t download lesson material ???????

    • MarkJSmith February 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Just tried it and it worked fine. Is it still not working for you? I guess you just clicked on the Download button?

  6. JC March 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Great lessons!

  7. Lou L March 21, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

    You are truly a great teacher much better that other I have seen. Some how are famous but can’t teach. Your web site is great.

    Thanks for passing on your knowledge.

  8. Lou L April 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Question ? Can you do a lesson on soloing on this tune?

    Thank you

  9. Ryan James April 8, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for these walking bass lessons. The whole concept is so much clear now for me and i can finally start jamming to swing jazz because of you. Again, thank you so much Talking Bass. Looking forward to learning more from you.

  10. Jim Bax October 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark. Just finished walking bass lesson 3. Excellent. Any way you could use some closer views of the neck as you are playing? Also, You mentioned a guide to scales. How do I get that? Thanks, jim

  11. elisa fisher November 30, 2015 at 6:20 am - Reply

    seriously This FREAKING RULES!, AND then singing when it gets up to speed, awesome 2 string arpeggios and a fast lesson to boot, THANK YOU , SIR!

  12. LEE JEAN FRANCOIS May 12, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark for this lesson and for every others….wish you the very best for the future and you deserve it…thank you for your numerous priceless advices.

  13. Paul Turner July 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Walk Me To The Moon !

  14. John Follis October 9, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Man. That would be so cool to do a full bass arrangement with vocals. You could put the bass line, the chords, and then solo over it. Just need a drum machine.

  15. Ray Sareth December 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    will there be a lesson about the scale walking bass?

  16. Bill Brown May 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this lesson. Showed me (beginning bass player) a way of looking at chord progressions and seeing some things I can do.

  17. Gary Ray Waltrip June 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Great lesson, Mark. The how and why of constructing walking bass lines is beginning to crack a ray of light into my darkened brain and understanding is emerging. I studied your “Autumn Leaves” lesson thoroughly and I plan to do the same with this one. It is obvious to me that I must, at all costs, commit all arpeggios to memory and know instantly how to play them on my bass. The “up” and “down” configurations in this lesson help immensely.

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