Walking Bass - Quick Start Guide

Learn to improvise effective walking bass guitar lines on your own using a simple strategy.
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course 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

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Chapter 1: Roots Only
01:26

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

01:51

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

1 page
Learn what are root notes and how to find a root note for each chord.
00:45

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

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

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.

01:15

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

1 page

Tablature for roots only playing example.

05:42

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

8 questions

Practice identifying the root note in chords

Section 2: Chapter 2: Note from above approach
03:05

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from above.

1 page
Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from above.
01:17

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

1 page

Tablature for the approach note from above playing example.

05:42

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

5 questions

Practice identifying approach notes

Section 3: Chapter 3: Note from below approach
02:17

Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from below.

1 page
Learn the improvising strategy of approaching chord changes from below.
01:17

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

1 page

Tablature for the approach note from below playing example.

05:41

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

5 questions

Practice identifying approach notes

Section 4: Chapter 4: Improvisation
00:50

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

1 page
Put it all together and have fun improvising walking bass lines.
01:20

Learn a bass line which is utilizing the improvisation strategy.

1 page

Tablature for improvisation playing example.

05:52

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

Section 5: Chapter 5: Your turn to jam!
01:01

Final course tips.

1 page

Final course tips.

05:57

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

05:40
Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.
04:47
Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.
05:51
Use this backing track to practice improvising your own walking bass lines.

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Instructor Biography

Bogdan Radovic, 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!

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