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Students and Readers of Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines

Rick

Having fully written lines, you're able to see and analysis how and why the lines work. Which goes a long way when writing out your own lines or using chord charts. I also appreciate that the first section is centred around one key. It has helped me adjust to my fret-less again. The use of different rhythmic variation is a good touch as well.

JahRah

Steven's approach is masterly crafted to ensure that you are playing strong Bass Lines right out of the Gate in all Twelve Keys with numerous exercises to reinforce each and every concept whether Theoretically and/or Harmonically in a very Comprehensive and Progressive approach including clearly written directions of the various concepts for the thoroughly written out exercises. As we all know, we all learn by doing. Steven's method provides numerous exercises to keep each and every aspiring Bassist enthuse about Learning and Creating Walking Bass Lines. I have worked with literally over twenty different method books and Steven Mooney's approach is definitely the best of the best that I have worked with..

S. Price

This book had a lot more information and was way more advanced than I expected. It's the most comprehensive jazz bass book I've found to date. I've been working out of several books for the last year or so, but this is going to be my focus for the foreseeable future. I will definitely be getting the others in the series.

Lee

Must have item to jazz bass students.

Kevin

This is by far the most concise and exhaustive series of its kind. I highly recommend this and the other four books as well

Mathe

I bought three of Steven's books - this one, "rhythm Changes", and "Jazz Standards" - and they are all excellent. Lots of introductory method books show what to play in a single measure to get from one chord to the next, and that is a good place to start. But the next step is to create a line that is melodic and interesting over the whole song form. That's what these books do really well. The underlying theory is clearly presented, and the transcribed lines show how to put the theory in a useful musical context. Well worth the price.

The Jazzer

Writing-out all the bass lines instead of just the chord symbols lets the student learn the actual melodic motion of bass lines in the way that they are really used. The use of scale-type phrases, chromatic lines, occasional wide interval leaps, and rhythmic variations (such as quarter-note triplets and dotted-eighth/sixteenth notes) ...in full context... really puts it all in proper perspective. It shows how those devices are actually used! That's the stuff people learn-from through specific examples! Then once the student becomes familiar with it all and gets the hang of it, he or she should be able to call on these ideas in increasingly improvisational and hence musical ways.

Jon

I should take you a picture of the stack of bass books I have, but I have never been able to retain or understand how lines are constructed, how modes work, etc. The progression of information you are presenting has made very clear what has been a fog to me for years, and I am excited to be opening the door I have been standing in front of since I was a teenager.

Danny

An "Absolute must have" Hands down!! The series delivers on how to walk the walk and talk the talk -

William

Great selection of bass lines and accompanying theory.

FAQ

  • How long is the Course?

    The course is 18 Lessons.

  • How long will it take me to finish?

    I recommend working on 1 lesson at a time. Set aside a month or more to cover all topics and assignments . The lessons build in a stepwise manner and the materials presented are suitable for ongoing practice.

  • Is an online course right for me ?

    The great thing about an online course is you can access it whenever its convenient to you. There are videos, audio instructions and downloadable lesson files.

  • Do you offer a payment plan ?

    Yes we do. We have the option of splitting the payments over 3 months.

  • Whats included again ?

    We offer 3 levels of courses. GOOD course includes video lessons, audio instructions and downloadable lesson pdf files. BETTER includes all basic features plus 2 coaching sessions and graded homework assignments. BEST includes Better plus graded assignments on all lessons and 4 coaching sessions.

  • Do I have to do the homework ?

    While it's recommended to do the homework to test your knowledge and see how much information you have retained. It is not compulsory and will not stop you from finishing the course.