Gospel School: Bouncing Bass Lines


Half-time bouncing bass lines are a joyous and easy way to really groove at slow to medium tempos…

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


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 every 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.

Learn more… Gospel School: Pickups