Walking bass and Chords is probably the coolest way to comp in a duo setting. There are several skills needed when it comes to playing like this. You need to be able to play basslines and have some ability to add chords while still laying down a solid groove with the Walking Bass.
This list of lessons is an ordered way to work your way through this from getting to know a basic vocabulary to having more freedom in comping with different types of chord voicings.
Your Feedback is very valuable
Remember that the guides are here to help you so if you have suggestions for this or other guides then let me know! I might have missed something or you have another idea for something that is important to check out! Feel free to send me an e-mail or message via social media.
I have also collected the videos in a Playlist on Youtube if you prefer that:
Walking Bass and Chords – Basic techniques and basslines
These lessons take a look at some fundamental ways to write walking bass melodies and present some exercises to help you play a bassline while placing the chords in different places.
- Chords and Walking Bass – part 1 – A II V I and a Blues in F
- Chords and Walking Bass – part 2 – Bb Turnaround
Basic Progressions to check out
An important part of learning to play and make your own walking bass lines is to check out examples on songs. Here below is a list of lessons demonstrating this technique on a few songs:
Start with a Blues:
Solar is another 12 bar form in a minor key:
All the Things You are is a good example of a longer form that spans several keys and has a lot of different diatonic progressions
Get a free E-book
If you want to download a Free E-book of 15 II Valt I licks then subscribe to my newsletter: