Construction and Theory (Guitar Lesson)


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Paul Musso

Construction and Theory

Paul Musso explains the construction and theory behind walking bass lines.

Taught by Paul Musso in Walking Bass Lines seriesLength: 16:37Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on October 6th, 2016

Great lesson - really accessible approach to theory. Something I usually dislike but not this time. I got great value out of this one lesson alone. Kudos to you Paul!

Earl of ToomesEarl of Toomes replied on July 9th, 2014

Paul Musso thank you ... this is exactly where I am in my musical journey into Jazz.

gonzalo_aresgonzalo_ares replied on September 8th, 2013

I loved this lesson too. Great teacher!

darkside02darkside02 replied on July 11th, 2013

I trully loved your lesson on walking bass lines, I had always thought of these as a lot more difficult,so cudos to your teaching skills!! I started my musical life playing the Double Bass with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra when I was 15. In those days I played my double bass 6-8 hrs. daily, I'm sure you can relate. One question I have, are you playing a Cort Jass guitar, you get amazing tone from yours which ever it is!! Great Teacher. I will be watching for more lesson sets from you, as I have said your a gifted teacher!

billfreshbillfresh replied on June 28th, 2013

not a jazz fan but i really liked this lesson. thanks

machspeedmachspeed replied on August 5th, 2013

it's not applicable only to jazz though. You can use these ideas for funk, RnB, Blues, and even writing riffs. There are some pretty famous rock riffs that are either a cool bassline, or a guitar riff that is mimicking a bassline.

jpbluestringjpbluestring replied on June 27th, 2013

Great lesson Paul - Learned a lot thanks

GlenBGlenB replied on June 27th, 2013

Wonderful series and a great method of teaching. Thank yo Paul.

trukitruki replied on June 26th, 2013

Yes, learned a lot, somehow simple things are the most powerful. Thanks!

hhandlerhhandler replied on June 26th, 2013

I am sorry for the misspelling . I wanted to write: The systematic approach is very helpful. I can feel the experience of an excellent long time teacher.

hhandlerhhandler replied on June 26th, 2013

The systematic approach is verry helpful. I can feel the experiance of an excellent long time teacher.

Walking Bass Lines

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Paul Musso dives into jazz guitar with an emphasis on walking bass lines. This series of lessons focuses on separating chords from bass lines, which is good for a variety of things, including accompaniment and soloing.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

JamPlay is proud to welcome senior professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, Paul Musso. This series of lessons will be focusing on jazz walking bass lines, which...

Length: 2:21 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Right Hand Technique

Paul Musso takes some time to focus on the fundamentals of right hand technique. This is an important subject and great lesson for all guitar players.

Length: 7:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Construction and Theory

Paul Musso explains the construction and theory of walking bass lines.

Length: 16:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

D Minor Blues Progression

Paul Musso teaches a walking bass line to a progression in the key of D minor. You will use techniques from previous lessons and also learn some new ones.

Length: 12:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

G Jazz Blues Progression

Paul Musso plays and teaches a walking bass line to a jazz blues progression in G.

Length: 20:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Seasons

Paul Musso talks about the song "Seasons" from his Mel Bay book, Teaching Your Guitar to Walk. He also touches on some subtle left hand techniques that will help with a swing feel.

Length: 19:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Walking Bass Lines over Rhythm Changes

Paul Musso looks at walking bass lines and chords over rhythm changes, which are a set of chord changes based on "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin.

Length: 12:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Paul Musso View Full Biography

Paul Musso is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Music Performance in the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Paul is a freelance guitarist and has performed throughout the Colorado area with many diverse ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Westcliff Jazz Festival. Paul has also performed throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States.

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