I'm learning walking bass on the piano. All the walking bass guides I have say to play some approach tone on the last beat before a chord change.
If the progression were
G you might play
Ab to approach the
G of the
G chord. But the common tone
G would not be used. (At least the guidelines rule it out.) So, for example,
| C C E G | G... wouldn't be used. Apparently the repeated common tone is too static.
My question is also prompted from another answer I got about walking bass recommending against repeated tones. But I don't put much stock in that person's advice as they weren't able to answer that question.
But does the same sensibility hold if the progression were
E7 and the common tone
E? When the change is a chromatic mediant like that, it seems to be repeating the common tone works differently. I suppose you could say the change is already so dynamic - all tones change but the
E - that repeating the
E in the bass provides some needed stability.
But I'm not really interested in the theory explanation. I just want to know if a jazz bassist would consider it a good walking bass or something to avoid?