PATTERN 10 WALKING BASSLINES
This classic jazz accompaniment technique is a great way of providing both harmony and bass at the same time. Remember to keep the chords stabs short and sharp, and use some palm muting for the bass notes, maintaining a nice swing feel. Players like Martin Taylor and Tuck Andress are two masters of this style, but it’s becoming more and more popular with acoustic and electric players of all types.
Example 10: Try the pattern over this classic jazz progression, taking note of the chord voicings which avoid open strings. The benefits of avoiding open strings are1twofold: firstly, transposing to other keys is simpler, as the shapes are moveable, and secondly, muting the strings is much easier too.
Martin Taylor: master of the walking bassline