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It's often called the "lament bass." It's common in classical and pop music. Both diatonic and chromatic descents occur and there are various harmonizations. One version is common in Flamenco music. Some examples: "Hit The Road Jack" Ray Charles "Dido's Lament" Henry Purcell "32 Variations in C Minor" Ludwig van ...


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A descending walking bass line, four in a bar. Walking bass happens when the notes are going up or down in a scalar fashion. They don't continue ad nauseum, because when there's a change of harmony, they'll often jump to the root, and then continue. Walking like this means there's usually two notes from the prevalent chord played. Good players will make ...


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It's quite often the case that bass players were guitarists in an earlier incarnation! Quite straightforward - the four bass strings are each an octave lower than the bottom four strings on an ordinary guitar! There are no chords to play (in mainstream), so even playing a 1 on 1 - root note on beat 1 of each bar - will get you started. If you have a good ear,...


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This is a very broad question and for that it will be difficult to help. Does your friend know that you can't play yet? There's nothing wrong with learning as you go. You say that you have a guitar and that your friend saw that you "had one". I'm guessing that means you have a bass too. Is that right? The best thing you can do is take lessons ...


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