Learning how to walk bass lines is a skill all jazz pianists want to accomplish. And who wouldn’t?

We have a nice bass register on the piano but we never learn how to do anything with it. Anytime we see a bass player walking all over a tune like he owns, we just stare in awe.

In this episode I’m going to get you started on the right path to walking bass lines that will impress a bass player!

Let’s do it!

Bullet Points

1. Practice all your roots as whole notes to a tune.

2. Begin to add in your 5ths for measures with one chord. Play root on beat 1, the fifth on beat 3 then the root of the next change on beat 1.

3. For measure with two chords, begin adding your fifths on beats 2 and 4. To approach the roots of the chords.

4. Remember you can choose to go up or down in the register.

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