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Advanced Bass: Displacing Walking Bass Lines

Rhythmic Displacement is a concept based on being able to hear and perform rhythmic patterns starting on different subdivisions of the beat. The new superimposed rhythm creates an interesting illusion with the lines you are playing, which in turn creates tension.

This lesson is aimed at giving you usable ideas for improvising walking bass lines using the concept of Rhythmic Displacement.

Learning to switch from one concept to another while improvising can be quite challenging!

Follow along with the transcription and the video below.

London based bass player Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience that spans over more than three decades as an internationally acclaimed bass guitarist, teacher/clinician and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. For more, visit

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