Jazz: Walking Bass Lines: Two Measures per Chord

Let's walk through a IM7 chord sustained for two bars...

Four-Note Scale Cycles

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Three-Note Scale Cycles

Used three-note scale snippets to cycle back to the root at the beginning of each measure.

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Scale Tones

Conceive of each measure being half of the phrase. In the first half, think "Target=Root + Connectors". In the second half, think "Target = Fifth + Connectors".

Scale Tones, Ascending...

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By the way, some refer to this left hand pattern as the "Major Bebop Scale".

 

Scale Tones, Descending...

"Major Bebop Scale" descending...

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1-3-4-#4-5-4-3-2-1

Ascending from the root to the fifth, then descending back to the root...

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Boogie Woogie Style

Outline each chord using a combination of chord tones and scale tones going up, then use the very same tones coming down...

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