Standards Lesson 9

Lesson 9 – arpeggios, walking bass and guide tones

This is where you see my “killer” exercise for memorising chord and scale tones. I achieved this in the 759th take and a lie down in a dark room!

Walking bass and guide tones are two of the most important tools in the jazz tool box and I can’t stress enough how they are important in underpinning a solo piano performance.

(a)   practising arpeggios

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(b)  7 steps to a walking bass

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(c)   a walking bass to “Pawprints”

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(d)  improvising a walking bass

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(e)   adding guide tones

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This lesson uses the same notation as playing ‘Pawprints’ from Lesson 6

(f)   combining walking bass and guide tones

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