Jazz is a rich art form that holds many treasures for bass players.
Even you come from a pop or rock background, you can learn so much from reading charts and learning how to make up walking bass lines, including:
- How to recognise and interpret chord symbols
- Using your ear
- Different parts of the bass fretboard
- Relying on your own sense of timing
- Swing rhythms
You'll learn all that in this bass tutorial.
It's essential that you have a few basics down when reading charts and learning jazz bass.
On thing is arpeggios and how they are formed by harmonising a major scale. The following lessons will help in these areas:
Having a good sense of time is also important. There's a metronome exercise where you place the beats on two and four (the 'backbeat'). That's great for working on your swing. This lesson goes into more detail:
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