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Creating Walking Bass Lines

A step-by-step guide to master walking bass lines.


What is Creating Walking Bass Lines?

‘Creating Walking Bass Lines’ is a step-by-step video course presented by Geoff Chalmers, which comprises of over 6 hours of HD video across 69 lessons. It is a comprehensive method teaching you how to create awesome walking bass lines, starting with the basics and progressing to advanced techniques. Reading music is not a requirement as all the exercises are demonstrated in the video lessons, but if you prefer to read them as well I have provided written exercises in standard notation.

There are also backing tracks for each exercise in different tempos so you will have everything you need to start practising right away. Many of the lessons feature guitar backing so you can hear what these bass lines sound like with accompaniment.

The course is available to view online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass. Once enrolled you can start the course as soon as you want.

How Will I know What to Work on?

The sixty nine video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. Starting with the fundamentals the course progresses all the way to an advanced level.

No more searching the net for information, it’s all in one place and presented in a logical, step by step fashion.

What Will I Learn?

The course is comprised of 32 chapters. Starting with the very basics of creating bass lines you will learn how to play though common chord progressions such as a ‘II V I’, using a variety of techniques.

I also use the following jazz standards in the lessons (backing tracks and chord charts are provided).

Autumn Leaves, All The Things You Are, Beautiful Love, My Funny Valentine, Someday My Prince Will Come, There Will Never Be Another You, Rhythm Changes, Blues.

Who's it For?

If you want to take an in-depth look at creating walking bass lines, then this is the course for you. Learning to play walking bass is an essential skill for all modern bassists and the method can be applied in many styles of music, not just jazz.

Although the material is presented on upright bass, all of the lessons, backing tracks and sheet music (standard notation only) are equally useful for electric bassists.

What if I have Questions?

All of the lesson material is listed on the page and there's a comments section where you can ask me questions.

I’ve created the ‘Discover Double Bass Study Group’. This is a ‘closed’ Facebook group in which only bassists who have bought a course, or can ask questions or view the discussion. It’s a private community of like minded double bassists and you need help along the way, we will be there to answer your questions and get you back on track!

Check out a free preview lesson from the lesson index below:


Course Curriculum


  03. Using Dynamics
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  04. What is a II V I Progression?
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  06. Shaping Your Lines
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  07. Using Scales
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  08. Articulations
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  09. Introducing Bass Fills
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  11.Playing in a Two or Four Feel
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  12. Developing Your Tone
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  13. How to Read Chord Charts
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  14. Understanding Chord Symbols
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  15. Playing in Three
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  17. Developing Your Fills
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  18. How to Play Ballads
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  19. The Minor II V I
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  20. What to do if You Get Lost on a Gig
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  21. Using Open Strings to Navigate the Fingerboard
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  23. Triplet Fills Deep Dive (Blues in F)
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  24. Dominant 7th Pedals
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  25. How to Play Dominant 7th Sus Chords
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  26. How to Play at Fast Tempos
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  27. How to Play Extensions
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  29. Advanced Pedal Tones
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  30. Chord Substitutions for “Rhythm Changes”
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  32. Course Wrap Up
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Your Instructor


Geoff Chalmers
Geoff Chalmers

Geoff Chalmers is the founder of Discover Double Bass and a professional freelance bassist from the UK. He is a double bass fanatic who loves to teach and created Discover Double Bass to give you the tools, inspiration and support you need to create your best music.


Creating Walking Bass Lines

The Definitive Course on Walking Bass Lines

• The most comprehensive video course on walking bass lines available anywhere.

• A step-by-step method.

• Over six hours of video lessons.

• Forty backing tracks played by real musicians.

• Transcriptions of exercises.

• Live guitar accompaniment in many of the videos.

• Ask questions below each video.

• Access to an exclusive members-only study group.

“I was looking for online lessons and found Discover Double Bass to be a great way to learn.”

– Darryl Clark
 

“As with all of Geoff’s educational material, this course is awesome!”

– Scott Devine (founder of Scott’s Bass Lessons)

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I’m sure you will love the course, but if you’re not completely satisfied we offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
Will the course work on a tablet?
Yes, all of our courses can be viewed in any internet browser and all the materials for each lesson are on the same page.
Can I download the videos?
No, they are only available to view online. However PDFs of the transcriptions and MP3 backing tracks are available to download.

“The "Creating Walking Bass Lines" course helped me to get a broader repertoire of bass lines. For a long time, I stuck in a point, when I was playing similar notes over and over. Geoff, with this course, opened a new world of bass lines for me.”

– Michal Herman

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