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The video below gives an example of a four measure walking bass line to use on a dominant chord. One way to define the walking bass line is as a steady quarter note.

I show two standard jazz voicings for the right hand 7-3-13 and 3-7-9. People can use these chords and play different rhythms to practice coordinating with the steady quarter note in the left hand. You’ll notice that sometimes there’s a little extra “kick” in the bass line. This often occurs on the upbeat of the beat before. Don’t worry about that at first. Use your ear and those little kicks can start to come in as you develop. I also demonstrate a few ways for the student to organize their thinking about soloing in the right hand. The main thing is, enjoy your music!

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