walking basslines

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Posted by Dan on November 27, 2000 at 18:43:06:

Hi all,

I'd like to improve the quality of the walking bassline I'm playing over a 12-bar blues. Right now I seem to be repeating a 1-3-5-6 line most of the time, either climbing or descending. (Not including little fills.)I don't have good transition lines between the chord changes.

I'd like to know if there are some standard lines that move from the I - IV chord, I - V, IV - I, and whatever else you might suggest.

Also, I would presume that the walking line is dependent on the tonality of the chord, i.e. 7th/major/minor/9th etc. Can anyone list lines that match a given chord structure? That isn't for this song, but I'm really enjoying the walking bassline concept and would like to be able to improvise better.

Thanks All,

p.s. I have heard of Nitti's "Building walking Basslines" book and will look at it.

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