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I am just starting to build a 2 string cigar box bass, and I want to learn to play some "walking" bass lines. Do you have any advice on where to go for "walking bass" instruction?

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I would be interested in this also! I would also like to see pics of your build. Are you making a long scale or short? What are you using for the box? Please send pics!!

medium scale? SL of 30" plus.

  1. Beat One: Determine the chord tonality (major, minor, dominant, or half-diminished) and play the root of that chord.

  2. Beat Two: Play any chord tone of the chord, or any note in the scale related to that chord.

  3. Beat Three: Play any chord tone or scale tone of the chord.

    Yep — same as Step 2, but try to pick a different note.

  4. Beat Four: Play a leading tone to the next root.

    leading tone leads from one chord to the next. The leading tone prepares the listener’s ear for the sound of the new chord. The most important point to understand about a leading tone is that it aims for thefollowing chord’s root. For example, if you’re going from a C chord to an F chord, your leading tone leads to F (never mind the C)

  5. play 

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