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Creating Bass Lines is a Skill in its Own Right

I was practising to create a walking bass line in the left hand on the fly while I comp to Just a Closer Walk With Thee. Oh my, did I sound terrible even when this was my third time over the last two weeks trying to do so.

It just occurred to me that creating (walking) bass lines is a skill in its own right. I have certainly only created walking bass lines less than 10 times in my entire life up to now. So it makes sense that I am awkward at it. If you think about it, bass players play the bass line and they spend years to be a master at it. So, of course I am feeble when it comes to creating walking bass lines when I have less than 10 times of practice under my belt!

My jazz journey has only started…

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