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Walking bass, two bars per chord, on tritone substitution

This is a follow up to my earlier question about step-wise walking bass. But this is for a full scale for two bars per chord. Part of the question is about when and where to add extra half steps if ...
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Step-wise walking bass for tritone substitution

I'm unsure how to handle a step-wise walking bass under a tritone substitution progression. I'm working on piano and using what I understand to be basic "Evans" voicings in the right hand ...
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Playing semitones consecutively and naming notes

I am learning piano and I am a music novice, so please respond adequately to this :) I have a question about naming notes. If we have a D chord and in walking bass during this chord we follow these ...
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Walking bass line/chord help

I've been playing bass for about a year, so pardon my question, what is the relation between chords, arpeggios and scales? I always learnt and played scales, but in order to learn this new jazz ...
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How should I play piano walking bass over IV7 - #iv dim7 - I7 (bars 5, 6, 7) in "Basie blues?"

So I have seen the blues progression below called "Basie Blues" One basic method I have for walking bass says play the root on beat 1, any chord tone on beats 2 and 3, and then approach the next ...
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Walking bass for half-note chords?

Most courses for writing walking basses focus on 4 bass notes for one chord, where in general the pattern is (chord - maybe chord - chord - passing tone). However, there are also some pieces with half-...
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How to improvise a walking bass line

When improvising or writing a walking bass line the bass note (usually the root of the chord) is played on the chord change, but how do you choose the other notes for a walking bass line? Is there a ...
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What are the differences between blues and jazz walking bass?

Both blues and jazz (especially swing) feature walking bass lines. Do they differ? If they differ, how does one differentiate them by just listening to the bass line, disregarding other instruments.
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Walking bass line over an auxiliary diminished scale

I recently found out the auxiliary diminished chord, and that I can play it over a dominant chord, but I'm not really familiar with it, I'm still trying to understand it, so there might be some ...
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Can a walking bass line be sufficient percussion for a (guitar) bass-brass-brass trio when playing blues?

We're experimenting as a Brass-Brass-Bass combo, and wondering what we can do to make the bass's job more interesting (besides throwing in more solos). Is it fairly easy to replace substantial ...
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