Re: Walking bass lines? Blues? Jazz?


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Posted by Ed on April 14, 2000 at 12:17:54:

In Reply to: Walking bass lines? Blues? Jazz? posted by Shengjie on April 14, 2000 at 06:58:36:

: What is the meaning of walking bass lines? And what's the difference between jazz and blues bass?

There's a big discussion of this on talkbass.com, ya might wann check that out. Walking bass lines generally refer to playing quarter note lines that define the harmonic progression of a piece. You can walk in three, in four, in SEVENTEEN, but always with the quarter note. Since the "shuffle" is a feel that is shared by several different styles of music, you may have a rock band ask the bass player to go from a shuffle figure to a "walking four" to provide a change of feel.
What's the difference between jazz and blues bass? I would have to say it's one of dealing with material of (generally) more harmonic and rhythmic complexity. Most good jazz is "informed" by the blues, and you can generally hear that in cat's playing.


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