Beginning Walking Bass Lines – A Basic Introduction

2019-02-07T16:08:41+00:00May 31st, 2014|Categories: Walking Bass Lines|25 Comments

This lesson is the first in a series of lessons devoted to walking bass lines. I take you through the basic concepts behind walking like targeting chord tones, arpeggio / scale / chromatic based lines and the other elements of walking bass.

P.S. For a complete guide to Walking Bass Lines be sure to check out the full Talkingbass course here 

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  1. Ben May 31, 2014 at 11:11 am - Reply


    Exactly what I am working on right now, haven’t watched yet but if it’s anything like your other lessons it’ll be excellent!

    Now if you would do Iron Maiden songs I’d be eternally greatful…..:D

  2. rayray June 1, 2014 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Excellent lesson, best ever

  3. Simon July 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    This lesson has really fired my enthusiasm for the bass to new heights. Thank you. Only played a bass for the first time this week loved it so much I bought one the same day. It’s going to be a great journey!

  4. Bjorn July 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Great stuff! I can’t stop watching your lessons, Mark. You have an uncanny ability to get at exactly those sweet spots that make things go “click” inside my head.

    • Mark July 30, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Fantastic. Glad you’re enjoying them.

  5. william gamache April 15, 2015 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I have been playing the bass for 25 years, mostly simple rock and some country. I have always struggled with walking bass lines, and this lesson has finally made it click. I love the “lick” approach, even if its just in panic mode while you struggle to find a better line on the fly. You are brilliant!

  6. khann morn May 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    great lesson teaching me a lot .thanks you

  7. Max Ross July 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Mark, your bass lessons helped me alot
    Max Ross

  8. Bruce Cheeney July 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Mark I learn more in 5 minutes listening to you than all others I have been listening to. You do a great job and are very generous with your knowledge of the Bass and music.
    Thank You

  9. Peppi Martler August 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Great lesson! Thanks!

  10. fredie wilson October 27, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Is this Andy that went to North Texas State.

  11. peter wass October 29, 2015 at 1:23 am - Reply

    thanks mate, more good stuff

  12. Gary Waltrip November 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Excellent lesson. It has given me valuable insights into construction walking bass lines. I think I have found my teacher. As the old zen saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

  13. Gregg December 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the lesson. That was awesome, so easy to understand and to the point. Thank you so much.

  14. Neil Corcoran March 16, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Great lessons mate, even for someone like who’s been playing 35 years! Always something new to learn..

  15. Julius Jones June 29, 2016 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Thanks Mark this really help me with walking up and down the scales.

  16. Demir Ateser September 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    In the PDF; Is one walking line an arpeggio line, and the other a scale line? I didn’t get a good understanding of the difference between arpeggio lines, and scale lines.

  17. Barbara Smith October 25, 2016 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    You have a great way of teaching. you make things easy to understand and I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere. Thanks so much

  18. Torri Chin Fang June 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    All your lessons are awesome Mark, thank you!!!!

  19. Andrew Holman June 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Exaltant I could almost become a bass player,

  20. Fredrik Winsnes January 26, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Struggling around the C-scales and minor/major pentatonic for the moment. This is probably far far away. But could it be possible for a 36 year’s old guy how just bought a bassguitar….

    PS: I bought the monthly subscription after sneakpeaked on all the free videos for a month or so. GREAT COURSES!

  21. ROger March 29, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thank You! Great teaching!


  22. Chuck April 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    After watching this lesson I finally know what I want in myself as a player and the reason for me to be a bass player.So much more interesting and fun to play walking bass lines instead of the same lick over and over.Thank you.

  23. Gareth Cross May 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    thanks great lesson and materials

  24. David McKenny November 22, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

    As ever clear concise and helpful lesson, thanks

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