Ed Friedland. A walking bass line is the most common approach to jazz bass playing, but it is also used in rock music, blues, rockabilly, R&B, gospel, latin, country and many other types of music. The term 'walking' is used to describe the moving feeling that quarter notes create in the bass part. The specific goal of this book is to familiarise players with the techniques used to build walking bass lines and to make them aware of how the process works. Through the use of 90-minutes' worth of recorded rhythm tracks, players will have the opportunity to put the new learning directly into action. This book literally gives bassists the tools they need to build their own walking basslines.
I could play by ear pretty well when I bought this and thought I could fake a decent walking bass line. I actually had no idea what I was doing. The book is great. When I started I couldn't really read music, and now I can play all over the neck, and am getting pretty good at reading both charts and individual notes on a staff (he uses both). The book seems to use more of a chord approach at first than a scale approach, which I think seems more "musical." On the other hand, he clearly states that because you ONLY use one type of approach in a given lesson (in the 1st half of the book at least), it can sometimes sound less than musical. This makes sense, and didn't bother me at all. The piano accompaniment on the CD is good; I play to this thing every day. Oh, and the second half has 10 standards (though he doesn't name them for copyright reasons) and those are great too. I can finally play jazz. Cool.
Mark - (St. Petersburg, FL)
pour avoir consulté de nombreux ouvrages sur le sujet, les livres de ed friedland (building walking bass line et expanding walking bass line) sont de loin les plus complets. l'aproche pédagogique est très efficace: on apprend a construire une ligne d'abord avec la tonique et la quinte, puis avec des chromatismes, puis d'autres notes de la gamme, etc.. bref il s'agit vraiment d'apprendre à jouer et à connaitre son intrument, et surtout de comprendre ce qu'on fait. Si vous etes sérieux et patient vous progresserez très vite. Anonymous
baher - (egypte)
Une très bonne et très claire introduction à la walking bass. Approche évolutive, bonne pédagogie. Un livre utile pour plus d'un style musical. Pas de tablatures. Anonymous
- (Montcuq, France)
At first glance I thought this tutor was bit too simple - wrong! I decided not to move off a stage until I got it, this in turn meant getting back to bare building blocks i.e. scales - arpeggios and fretboard familiarity. As with any tutor effort in = result out, and the CD helps by being split stereo (bass/drums one speaker piano the other) thus you can fade out the bass and play along with your own line. There are lots of useful hints and examples, maybe some extra explanation could have been added but this is minor.
At the end of it you get a lot for the price and so far it has put me much further forward. Glad I bought it and will certainly buy related products - well done! Ed Friedland.
jet - (leicester, United Kingdom)