Walking Bass - Quick Start Guide
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Walking Bass - Quick Start Guide

Learn to improvise effective walking bass guitar lines on your own using a simple strategy.
4.4 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
171 students enrolled
Created by Bogdan Radovic
Last updated 12/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 43 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Gain necessary foundations for tackling walking bass style in-depth
  • Learn to improvise simple & effective walking bass lines over any backing track
  • Be more confident when jamming or composing bass lines
  • Know how to identify root notes for any given chord
  • Jam over backing tracks or play with a band in a walking bass style
  • Become more familiar with bass fretboard
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Requirements
  • Bass guitar
  • Motivation to learn a cool new skill
  • Computer / Tablet & Internet Connection
  • Be able to find notes such as E, C, G or A on the fretboard in basic positions
  • That's it - you really don't need any bass super powers to attend this course. Let's go for it.
Description

Always wanted to learn how to play walking bass, but it was too difficult?

This course is my personal “instant walking bass” recipe. You’ll learn the basic concepts and strategies that will allow you to improvise simple walking bass lines in just a few weeks of practicing. Yes - you will be IMPROVISING on your OWN! Believe it or not. The strategies I’ll be sharing are not that difficult to master and I’m sure you’ll have that eureka moment when you figure them out - just like I had when I was starting.

Please watch the free preview videos to get a taste for what’s inside.

This course is shot in full HD video, with quality bass playing audio mixed with the backing tracks. The course is split into five chapters, each adding a new element to our “instant-walking-bass” strategy. This means that each chapter is really doable - you just need a bit of practice.

This course includes:

  • PDF, Guitar Pro 5 & Guitar Pro 6 tabs for each playing example
  • Interactive backing track videos for jamming and practice
  • Downloadable backing tracks in mp3 format
  • Text transcripts for each lesson
  • English subtitles
  • Unlimited forum help and instructor feedback

I want you to know that I would love if you would post your questions as you progress through the course. Please feel free to send me messages anytime, I’ll be checking them out and responding quickly. Also, I’d like to encourage you to record audio files or videos (you can post videos on Youtube and share the link) and send them to me for feedback.

I’m here to help YOU, so please don’t be shy :)

This course is meant as an introduction to walking bass. We won’t be going into any complicated theory and walking bass concepts. What you’ll gain are necessary foundations for expanding your knowledge and more importantly - means of cheating your way into walking bass territory. After all, not all of us end up being session musicians or super stars in certain genres. All musicians (even pros), often prefer to take the easy route and learn how to “fake” certain styles. This is what you’ll learn, you’ll learn how to “fake” walking bass type of lines until you are ready for more. I must say, that this can be a lot of fun and a lot of my friends (myself included), never actually feel the need later on to learn specific styles in more depth.

This course, does not rely on any music theory (at least complicated one). This is a problem of many other walking bass courses as those just dig too deep into music theory that it becomes boring. You’ll just need to have a very basic understanding of how to find certain notes on the fretboard (in basic, most often used positions on the neck). Since walking bass heavly relies on chords, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of chords and root notes, but we cover those topics within the course.

Please send me your feedback about the course. What did you like? What did you not like? How could I improve it? Your feedback means a lot to me and I need to in order to better shape the course content for YOU.

Please Enroll Today!

Cheers,

Bogdan

Who is the target audience?
  • Bass players looking to get started with walking bass
  • Those bass players who would like to enrich their styles vocabulary
  • Bass players struggling to jam over blues and jazz backing tracks
  • Regular folks just looking to have fun on the bass
  • This course is not for those bass players who are already well versed in jazz walking bass style
  • This course is not for students attending Berklee or any other famous music school, studying "Whiplash" style
  • This course is not for you if you are a jazz-walking-bass-wizzard / live performer.
  • This course is not for you if you are looking to learn in-depth walking bass concepts and tracks
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 01:13:04
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Chapter 1: Roots Only
10 Lectures 11:27

Learn what this course is all about and prepare to get started.

Preview 01:26

Learn what are root notes and how to find a root note for each chord.

Preview 01:51

Learn what are root notes and how to find a root note for each chord.
Root notes: text instructions
1 page

Learn how to play the basic 4 feel walking bass rhythm.

Preview 00:45

Learn how to play the basic 4 feel walking bass rhythm.
Walking Bass Rhythm: text instructions
1 page

Learn the fundamental strategy of navigating chord changes using root notes. This will be the base for all walking bass lines you play.

Preview 00:28

Learn the fundamental strategy of navigating chord changes using root notes. This will be the base for all walking bass lines you play.

Following chords with root notes: text instructions
1 page

Learn a bass line which is utilizing the root notes strategy.

Preview 01:15

Tablature for roots only playing example.

Practice tune: roots only tablature
1 page

Practice what you've just learned by playing along the backing track.

Preview 05:42

Practice identifying the root note in chords

Finding a root note
8 questions
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Chapter 2: Note from above approach
5 Lectures 10:04

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from above.

Approach note from above strategy
03:05

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from above.
Approach note from above strategy: text instructions
1 page

Learn a bass line which is utilizing the approach note from above strategy.

Practice tune: approach note from above
01:17

Tablature for the approach note from above playing example.

Practice tune: approach note from above tablature
1 page

Practice what you've just learned by playing along the backing track.

Practice backing track
05:42

Practice identifying approach notes

Approach note from above strategy test
5 questions
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Chapter 3: Note from below approach
5 Lectures 09:15

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from below.

Approach note from below strategy
02:17

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from below.
Approach note from below strategy: text instructions
1 page

Learn a bass line which is utilizing the approach note from below strategy.

Practice tune: approach note from below
01:17

Tablature for the approach note from below playing example.

Practice tune: approach note from below tablature
1 page

Practice what you've just learned by playing along the backing track.

Practice backing track
05:41

Practice identifying approach notes

Approach note from below strategy test
5 questions
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Chapter 4: Improvisation
5 Lectures 08:02

Put it all together and have fun improvising walking bass lines.

Improvisation tips
00:50

Put it all together and have fun improvising walking bass lines.
Improvisation tips: text instructions
1 page

Learn a bass line which is utilizing the improvisation strategy.

Practice tune: improvisation
01:20

Tablature for improvisation playing example.

Practice tune: improvisation tablature
1 page

Practice what you've just learned by playing along the backing track.

Practice backing track
05:52
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Chapter 5: Your turn to jam!
6 Lectures 23:16

Final course tips.

Conclusion
01:01

Final course tips.

Conclusion: text instructions
1 page

Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.

Practice backing track 1
05:57

Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.
Practice backing track 2
05:40

Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.
Practice backing track 3
04:47

Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.
Practice backing track 4
05:51
About the Instructor
Bogdan Radovic
4.7 Average rating
27 Reviews
221 Students
4 Courses
Bass instructor at Udemy

Bogdan has been teaching bass guitar online for more than 8+ years now and has worked with 1000+ of online students over the years. His preferred teaching style are personalised video courses on focused topics that effortlessly guide students from point A to B giving them instant gratification at the end of each lesson.

Bogdan is also a published artist, songwriter and producer with more 300+ live shows with various bands behind him. This experience from live gigs is what has defined him as a musician. His favourite bass guitar is a Fender American Jazz Bass deluxe and his favourite bass players are Paul McCartney, Victor Wooten and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Bogdan has almost a million views on Youtube and more than 1000 subscribers.

He has a strong passion for teaching others in a down-to-earth kind of way as he enjoys sharing tips and tricks as well as shortcuts and other revelations he has come to over the years of studying the instrument. His moto is “everyone needs to have fun while practicing” and his lessons always include musical examples and backing tracks students can have fun with.

As he knows how frustrating it can be to learn the instrument without proper guidance his super power is : COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS. All students are more than welcome to take part in discussions and ask any questions they might have. Bogdan will go way and beyond in answering and providing assistance to make the bass journey as smooth and fun as possible.

His special skills involve teaching beginners in an understandable way as well as helping intermediate players cross to the next level.

Last but not least - Bogdan strongly believes that ANYONE can learn how to PLAY THE BASS. If you think you are not “talented”, that you don’t posses “the groove” or that you don’t have a “musical ear” - just give him a chance to prove YOU wrong!