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With materials taken from my longer class, The Art of Bass and Chords for Jazz Guitar, this class focuses on one specific subject: the technique of playing bass lines and chords together on medium-tempo 4/4 swing tunes. Written musical examples and closeup demonstrations of these examples are taken directly from the full-length video, but the majority of this video was rerecorded for this streamlined version. This shorter, lower-priced class is designed for guitarists who may not be ready to dive into exploring all the aspects of playing bass and chords together and who just want an introduction to the basics of creating effective, great-sounding walking bass lines with chords added to create the illusion of a bassist and guitarist comping together.

This class is not recommended if you plan to purchase (or already have purchased) The Art of Bass and Chords for Jazz Guitar because the materials in this class will be redundant.

Walking Bass and Chords Bass-ics covers:

  • five principles for creating strong bass parts
  • three techniques for building walking bass lines
  • techniques for one-chord-per-bar and two-chords-per-bar
  • shell voicings for use with bass lines
  • adding color tones/upper extensions to shell voicings
  • discussion of right hand technique
  • exercises for getting started combining chords and walking bass lines
  • additional techniques for embellishing chord accompaniment to walking bass lines
  • full length real-world example of walking bass and chord performances on “Autumn Leaves”
  • 48 minute running time
  • includes 10 pages of written examples and exercises
  • All musical examples from the video are provided in music notation, tablature, and chord grid form.
  • Each example performance is shown in close-up view and titled and numbered for easy navigation.

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Class Content

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Walking Bass and Chords Bass-ics 00:48:58
Introduction
Introduction 00:12:14
Basslines
Ex 2 to 7 Basslines 00:07:32
Voicings
Ex 8 to 10 Shell Voicings 00:09:14
Ex 11 to 13 Color tones and Technique 00:08:44
Variations
Ex 14 to 16 00:07:34
Application and Next Steps
Autumn Leaves and Conclusion 00:03:54
Soundsliced Examples
Example 17 Soundslice 00:01:15

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