Dead Note Exercise: Practice Walking Bass And Adding Dead Notes

In this lesson, we take a simple walking bass line that moves from E to B (or I to V) and we learn how to add dead notes. First, we play all quarter notes to establish a walking feel, then we begin adding dead notes and moving them around the in bar. This is great for learning to count, practicing your quarter note feel, and hearing the movement between chords.

Listen to how the dead notes add funk and groove to an otherwise simple walking line. Practice along to a metronome or backing track, and keep it groovy!

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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