This is the second lesson in the series devoted to walking bass lines. This lesson is the first look into how we construct the actual lines and starts with a primer on Arpeggios or Chord Tones. Chord Tones should be the first stop on the road to learning how to play walking bass lines.
When we see a chord progression and need to create a walking bass line, the chords are provided so they are the first clue as to what melodic building blocks are available. Scales can be deduced from the progression by knowing a little functional harmony but chords are right there on the chart so it’s imperative that we learn them.
This lesson covers the three most popular chords: Major 7, Dominant 7 and Minor 7. Each chord is shown in basic arpeggio form before moving into more useful fingering patterns that cover every chord tone in each possible position. This is very useful in weaving a walking bass line through a chord progression while holding one position.
Remember to download the Lesson Material. You’ll receive a PDF of all the lines played in the lesson, an arpeggio reference sheet and the backing tracks in C major and F major.
It’s a long lesson so here’s an index for anyone needing to move to certain areas:
02:00 – Root Note Targeting
06:50 – Major 7, Minor 7 and Dominant 7 Arpeggios
10:09 – Arpeggios through the chord progression
12:34 – The Three Fingering Patterns for each Arpeggio (1st, 2nd, 4th finger)
16:47 – New fingerings through the progression
19:56 – Extending the patterns within a position
34:25 – Constructing the line
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