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Walking with Chords

Frederick Burton (5465) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Hi all and welcome to another torture session! This lesson will cover "walking" a bass line. It's great to be able to blitz through a solo at ear numbing decibels of volume and at intense speed. It's a beautiful thing. But can you walk? Can you accompany a vocalist in a duet or even a saxophone? How about accompanying yourself? The basics for walking, which means adding a bassline with your chords thus adding an almost "stereo" effect to your comping, will be covered in this lesson. Before going in depth, its recommended you check out some of the other lessons that cover seventh chords to familiarize yourself with them. Briefly, the major seven chords formula is (1,3,5,7), the dominant seventh chord (1,3,5,b7), and the minor seventh chord (1,b3,5,b7). Along the fretboard as shown in the example below, the seventh chord has inversions: Root position (1,3,5,7), 1st inversion, which has the third in the bass (3,5,7,1), 2nd inversion, which has the fifth in the bass(5,7,1,3) and the 3rd inversion with the seventh in the bass,(7,1,3,5). These inversions must be learned and learned cold. The example shows only the Fmajor7 chord but all keys must be learned. So has you see you have your work cut out for you.
Walking with Chords