Play Bass Like Duck Dunn: “Down In The Valley” by Otis Redding

In this lesson, we do our best Duck Dunn impression and learn the bass line to the Otis Redding classic, “Down In The Valley.”

This song features an 8 bar form, a blues-inspired bass line perfect for beginner to intermediate players, and even some dead notes and variation. Get it under your fingers 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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  1. Hi Ryan!
    Great stuff! I started professionally in the business in 1958. I played tuba, then string bass, then bought a new ’58 P Bass for $205. Sold it 4 years ago for $16K. I switched to guitar in 1972 because I needed to play a chord instrument to sing. I was such a bad singer, I couldn’t keep guitar or piano or even accordion players for long. In 1992, I began a 30 year intermission to raise a daughter, who is now a Las Vegas attorney. Twenty months ago, I returned to playing and am doing shows again and loving it. Perhaps you know my old bass player, BB Morse living in Austin. He is also an incredible player. Again, great stuff!
    Kenny Laursen