Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist: Lesson 2 (Progression I, Bassline I)

Welcome back to Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist. For Lesson 2, we’re going to learn several variations on Bassline I for Progression I.

Bassline I involves moving up the scale, using the root of Cmaj7 (‘1’), the major second (‘2’), major third (‘3’), and perfect fifth (‘5’). Here, the G (‘5’) serves as a leading tone into F (‘1’ of bar 2). Variation I moves from the low ‘C’ to high ‘F.’ This variation looks and sounds like this:

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