Gospel: Bass Lines: Walking on I & IV Chords

Shout music is an entire sub-genre of Gospel. This is when the congregration really gets fired up!

This walking bass line may look complicated on the surface, but the pattern is quite simple. You should think-hear-feel two "target notes": C on beat 1 and F on beat 3. The rest of the notes are just three note chromatic pickups to each target. Enjoy!


Variation 1

Gospel: Bass Lines: Walking

Reminder: Feel each chorus as a coherent 4-bar ideas, not as isolated one or two bar segments.


Variation 2

Now with a descending line in the second bar...

Gospel: Bass Lines: Walking


Variation 3

A hybrid of variations 1 and 2...

Gospel: Bass Lines: Walking


Variation 4

Yet another way to connect the chord tones C and F.

Gospel: Bass Lines: Walking

Can you think of some other ways to connect the chord tones?