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Jazz Blues with Walking Bass Line: Adding Bass

Hello again and Happy New Year!

I hope all of you spent your holidays with good company!

Why not make your new year’s resolution to learn something different than usual? Maybe some jazz blues comping! ;)

In this lesson we'll be covering how to add a bass line to your regular comping over jazz blues. 

This is best utilized when accompanying or when playing solo.

We will start this lesson off with the jazz blues form. Jazz blues is slightly different than your basic 12 bar blues.

The main difference is that there are more chords. We still have 12 bars and we still imply I - IV - V in the same places.

One thing to note is that the form may vary depending on who you’re talking too but for this tutorial I've gone with the following:

| I7 - - - | IV7 - - - | I7 - - - | (iim7 - V7 -) |

| IV7 - - - | bVdim - - - | I7 - - - | VI7 - - - |

| iim7 - - - | V7 - - - | I7 - VI7 - | iim7 - V7 - |

NOTE: (iim7 - V7 -) implies that those chords are the ii and V of the following chord which is IV. You could also see them as being Vm7 - I7 -