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Posted by Carol Kaye on September 05, 2000 at 11:43:07:

In Reply to: Walking bass lines posted by PaoloV on September 04, 2000 at 00:09:22:

Paolo, it depends on your theory understanding mainly. You need chordal theory to be able to walk well on the bass. Songs are made out of chordal structures and when you understand chord progressions (cycles), as well as the functionality of walking bass lines (how to shape them and form them etc.) then it's very easy.

The Standards I package, the Jazz Bass Tape & Guide help you with that if you understand what a chordal scale is. If you're only into note-scales, then you also need the basic prep of Bass Video Course to get your musicianship together to move on to do the creating you need. I have a new book out "Jazz Improv For Bass" which is sold almost 1,000 copies now in the 7 mos. out. It along with the popular Pro's Jazz Phrases are what the top jazzers use in creating jazz (it didn't come from note-scales but from extended triads, chord substitutes, etc. something you don't get from the teachers today who grew up with rock and roll -- I had extensive playing with the finest jazz musicians in LA, and like George Duke and Joe Sample say "the tradition is NOT being carried on". While they blame hiphop, they're not teachers, I see it as mainly a lack of tradition of teaching the chords which everyone was doing back in the 50s.

To learn to walk well, this is the kind of background you need. It's not hard once you let go of the lame note-scales that people who were NOT a part of the jazz tradition teach (ex-rockers). One needs to learn from a highly skilled teacher and experienced live and recorded bass pro ---

This is typical of the bassists out there who have gained so much musicianship:

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you have prepared me well for those gigs. I teach during the week and gig on weekends. Thanks for giving me the material I didn't
get from High School Band.

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