Bass: Bassline Construction

The exercises below are similar to the exercises in the walking bass chapter, except that the focus is on the choice of notes in general bass lines or grooves here.

The examples only serve as illustrations. Try to understand the principles, then practice them with different chord progressions and with your own rhythms and variations.

Root and Fifth
Root and Fifth
Root and Third
Root and Third
Triads
Triads
Root, Fifth and Octave
Root, Fifth and Octave
Root, Fifth and Ninth
Root, Fifth and Ninth
Root, Fifth and Tenth
Root, Fifth and Tenth
Diatonic Approach
Diatonic Approach
Chromatic Approach
Chromatic Approach
Pentatonic
Pentatonic