Lay it Down: Creating jazz bass lines is an online course presented by acclaimed bassist and educator John Goldsby.
This course is designed to teach you how to play melodic and swinging walking bass lines which your bandmates will love! It comprises 40 lessons over 5.5 hours and covers a wide range of topics on improvising walking bass lines. These are highly effective lessons, which can make a real difference to your playing!
Many of the videos feature piano and drums accompaniment. We also provide play-along tracks with three mixes of each recording:
- Full band
- Piano and drums
- Solo double bass
Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby’s original exercises, bass lines and some classic bass recordings are included in the course. There are 109 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.
This course is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
John Goldsby is a member of the WDR big band, a renowned bassist, educator, author and featured columnist for BassMagazine.com and Bass Player Magazine for three decades. His hugely popular 'The Jazz Bass Book' has become required reading for any serious student of jazz bass.
This course is perfect for jazz bassists who want to learn how to play swinging walking bass lines that their bandmates will love!
What will I learn?
The 40 video lessons cover a wide range of topics on jazz bass. These include:
- Improvising bass lines
- Rhythmic embellishments such as triplet drops
- Rhythmic studies
- Classic bass introductions
- Player analysis
- Melodic walking bass lines
- ...and much more!
Many of the topics are demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played jazz standards such as 'How High the Moon', 'Wave', 'I've Got Rhythm', 'But Not for Me', 'Stella by Starlight', 'There is No Greater Love' and more.
Start02. Roots on the Downbeats (12:53)
Start03. Producing a Jazz Pizz Sound — Thoughts on Right Hand Technique (1:22)
Start04. Upper Leading Tones (7:01)
Preview05. Lower Leading Tones (10:23)
Start06. Triads with Leading Tones (9:48)
Start07. Scales with Leading Tones (8:59)
Start08. Chord Tones, Scale Tones and Leading Tones (7:35)
Start09. Triads Around Cycle of 5ths (11:15)
Start10. Chromatic Lower Approach (7:18)
Start11. Blues in F — Paul Chambers (14:20)
Start12. Chromatic Upper Double Approach (6:10)
Start13. Dead Notes, Drops and Rakes — Rhythmic Embellishments (10:56)
Start14. Ron Carter — Blues in the Closet (with signature rhythmic embellishments) (10:23)
Start15. Rhythmic Embellishments — It Could Happen! (11:44)
Detailed transcriptions of John Goldsby's bass lines and the exercises are included. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required. There are 109 pages of sheet music in this course, so you won't run out of new music to learn!
We have provided play-along tracks performed by John's trio, so you can practice with the full group, piano and drums only, or solo double bass. These MP3s can be played from the lesson's pages or be downloaded.
- Dan Weildon & Caroline Boaden.
Here's what's being said about John's teachings:
"You can’t learn from a better teacher."
- Peter Erskine, legendary jazz drummer.
"John Goldsby is a marvelous player and educator. His teaching methods have been tried and proven effective around the world"
- Jamey Aebersold, NEA Jazz Master, renowned educator & author.
"Yet another great course from Discover Double Bass and John Goldsby. Highly recommended!"
- Nordine Ben-Kabbach
"Very much enjoyed this course. Especially the transcription and analysis of great lines from great bass players"
- Bob Weir
"I loved this course! It started from the very beginnings of how to play a walking bass line and became progressively more advanced. The jam-a-long tracks offered the possibility of playing jazz with world-class players and, at least for me, increased my tempo much faster than I would have on my own. If you want to play a walking bass line, this course is a great place to star"
- Clayton Bearden