Jazz: Walking Bass Lines: Three Beats per Chord

Chord Tones

You can get a lot of mileage by using nothing but chord tones in your bass lines. For a chord that lasts for three beats, play the root on the first [strong] beat, then other chord tones on the second and third beats. Here are some ideas for walking through a ii7-V7-IM7-VI7 progression...

walking bass lines

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Scale Tones

For a chord that lasts for three beats, play the root on the first [strong] beat, then connectors on the next two [weak] beats. Here are some ideas for doing so, combining the same ideas we've already learned, applied to a Dm7-G7-CM7-A7 (ii7-V7-IM7-VI7) chord progression...

walking bass lines

Notice that many connectors are also chord tones.

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