Walking Bass Lesson: Don’t Always Start On The Root (L#42)

In this lesson I teach you how to add variety to your bass lines by not always starting each bar with the root note. Mixing in this technique makes your playing sound a lot more engaging and melodic. It’s a skill that required a really solid understanding of arpeggios (aka chord tones), so make sure you are working on those in your practice routine.

The video features the excellent guitarist David Beebee who joined me the studio to provide some accompaniment.


This lesson is taken from my video course ‘Creating Walking Bass Lines‘, which is over six hours long. The sixty nine video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order, giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. It starts with the very basics of walking bass technique and moves all the way to advanced material. Sheet music for the and backing tracks for the exercises are provided, so you will have everything you need for your practice sessions.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions on the course or lesson please leave your feedback in the comments section below.