Gospel School: Bouncing Bass Lines

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Here is another style of playing that really grooves at slow to medium tempos…

Let’s apply the idea of “bouncing” in half notes to the big three chords (I, IV, V) in an extended Blues form…

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Study-Practice Notes

  • Don’t try to memorize this! The basic pattern is simple (if you studied your scales and chords the right way): Chord root on beat 1 and “the 5” of the chord on beat 3, embellished even two bars by a two-note pickup (5-b7) that feeds the next downbeat, and a chromatic walk-up that feeds each change in harmony.

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