Re: How to build walking bass lines?

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Posted by Mike G. on September 06, 2000 at 06:58:30:

In Reply to: How to build walking bass lines? posted by PaoloV on September 04, 2000 at 21:44:19:

: Hi,

: I'm looking for recommendations for books/videos on building walking bass lines. Not just a collection of canned lines, but material that provides the TOOLS to create original bass lines on the fly.

: I'm basically looking to build a foundation for playing in jazz and funk bands. The Carol Kay books/videos sound good, but I don't know where to start and would like some guidance.

: Thanks,

: Paolo

I can recommend "Building Walking Bass Lines" by Ed Friedland. Itīs available from Music Dispatch ( and Bass Books ( It starts out at a very basic level (root, root, root, root, then root, fifth, root fifth!) and builds up from there, to some complicated stuff at the end, always concentrating on building jazz-style walking bass lines. You will also learn to read music, since there are no tabs (if I remember correctly). It comes with a recording (mine was a cassette, but they probably provide a CD nowdays). There is also a sequel, "Expanding Walking Bass Lines" by the same author -- I donīt know about his one, but it is probably also good. Anything from Carol Kaye is going to be excellent as well.

Mike G.

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