Keep It Groovy: Integrating Concepts In Our Walking Bass Lines

In this lesson, we’ll play through a very common chord progression in jazz and pop, the 1-6-2-5 chord progression. We’ll learn how to integrate different concepts — root notes, fifths, and approach notes — to begin building a walking bass line.

As we do so, we can play with the register, use dead notes, and find these intervals both ascending and descending. It will allow for endless options for improvising through this progression and will be a great way to dip your toes into walking bass.

To learn more, join the “Intro To Walking Bass” Masterclass on Feb. 23rd!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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