Danny Ziemann's 'Walk On: New pathways for walking bass lines' is an online course which comprises 3 hours of HD video across 62 lessons. This is a course for intermediate to advanced bass players who are looking to learn new language and ideas to create walking bass lines.
Many of the lessons feature a live band so you can see exactly how to apply these concepts and ideas. There are also backing tracks to practice for each of the exercises.
Reading music is not a requirement as all the exercises are demonstrated in the video lessons, but if you prefer to read them as well we have provided detailed transcriptions.
Optional subtitles in English are provided for each video.
This course is available to view online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
Bassist, educator and author of two jazz bass method books, The Low Down Vo1. & 2. Danny is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and was the 2018 bassist in the Focusyear Artist Diploma band in Basel, Switzerland. Danny currently teaches at The Eastman Community Music School, SUNY Oswego, and is a visiting professor of jazz bass at the Eastman School of Music.
This course will help you to find new ways to generate bass lines over jazz standards like Bye Bye Blackbird, or So What.
What will I learn?
The 62 video lessons are presented in a step-by-step order giving you a clear and logical route though the course material. The lessons will teach you new approaches for improvising walking bass lines and give you alternatives to commonly played patterns.
- Using tonic and dominant relationships to create new walking bass lines.
- Triad pairs.
- Reduction harmony.
- Triadic harmony over II V I chord progressions.
- ...and much more.
Each concept or technique is demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played jazz standards such as 'I Remember You', 'Autumn Leaves', 'Bye Bye Blackbird', 'Confirmation', 'Just Friends' and more.
Check out the full lesson list below:
Start01. Chapter Introduction (3:43)
Start02. The Foundation of I-V-I. Learning Position One (12:07)
Start03. Walking for 8 Bars - Position One (F Major) (0:35)
Start04. Walking for 8 bars - Position One (G Major) (0:34)
Start05. Position Two in Major (2:59)
Start06. Walking 8 Bars - Position Two (F Major) (0:35)
Start07. Walking 8 bars - Position Two (G Major) (0:35)
Start08. Combining Positions One & Two in Major (2:45)
Start09. Position One & Two in Minor (3:08)
Start10. Walking 8 bars - Positions One & Two (F Minor) (1:12)
Start11. Walking 8 bars - Positions One & Two (G minor) (1:10)
Start12. 'I’ll Remember April' Position One (Major) & Position Two (Minor) (0:55)
Start13. 'I’ll Remember April', Position Two (Major and Minor) (0:42)
Start14. Extending beyond 1-2-3-4-5 in Major (3:20)
Start15. Extending beyond 1-2-3-4-5 in Minor (2:47)
Start16. Adding the Dominant 7b9 in Major (3:21)
Start17. Adding the Dominant 7b9 in Minor (1:57)
Start18. 'I’ll Remember April' with the Dominant 7b9 (1:03)
Start19. 'Bye Bye Blackbird' with the Dominant 7b9 (1:24)
Start20. The Traveling Melody Note (4:19)
Start21. I-VI-ii-V in C Major (2:00)
Start22. 'I’ll Remember April' Final Example (3:45)
Who's this course for?
If you are an intermediate to advanced jazz bassist who wants to learn new language and approaches to improvising walking bass lines then this will be a great fit.
Danny introduces concepts that will help you to use harmony in new ways and play bass lines bursting with fresh ideas.
Transcriptions of the exercises for those who would like them. These PDFs are displayed on the lessons pages and can be downloaded if required.
Meet the band:
Danny is joined in many of the lessons by Jon Chamberlain on piano and Steve Hanley on drums. Their tasteful and supportive playing will help you to hear how these concepts sound in context.
So you can also practice the lesson material in context we have provided backing tracks which have been recorded by a drummer and pianist.
"The concepts are really helpful in expanding your ability to walk smoothly in a linear and scalar fashion."
- Mark Saltman