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#2557952 - 07/21/16 03:38 PM fingerings for this walking bass line?
iamanders Offline
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Registered: 04/15/15
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Howdy!
We all know the bass line: C-E-G-A-Bb (you go up and down and with all 3 chords of the non-jazz 12 bar blues).
Does anyone have the fingerings one should use (I an thinking about playing in all keys) with this bass line?

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#2557970 - 07/21/16 05:27 PM Re: fingerings for this walking bass line? [Re: iamanders]
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||: C5(1) E3 G2 A1 | Bb2 A1 G2 E3 | C5 E3 G2 A1 | Bb2 A1 G3 E5 |


F4 A2 C1 D3 | Eb2 D1 C2 A1 |C5 E3 G2 A1 | Bb2 A1 G3 E5 |


G3 B1 D3 E2 |F1 E2 D3 B1 |C5 E3 G2 A1 | Bb2 A3 G1 G5 :||


Edited by Nahum (07/21/16 05:28 PM)

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#2558045 - Yesterday at 10:19 AM Re: fingerings for this walking bass line? [Re: iamanders]
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Use whatever feels comfortable to you. For instance, in C major I like 5-4-2-1-2 better and prefer 3-1-2-1-2-1 on the F chord and 1-3-2-1-2-1-2-1 on G. But in a different key the fingering may be completely different (try D-flat major wink )
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#2558059 - Yesterday at 11:31 AM Re: fingerings for this walking bass line? [Re: iamanders]
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In the case of the left handed pattern in the original post, for keys like Eb or Bb (Eb G Bb C Db OR Bb D F G Ab) I would finger them
5-3-2-1-2 with the 2nd finger crossing over the thumb.

I personally wouldn't bother with the key of Gb, but that agony is at your discretion.

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#2558071 - Yesterday at 12:48 PM Re: fingerings for this walking bass line? [Re: indigo_dave]
Nahum Offline
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Originally Posted By indigo_dave


I personally wouldn't bother with the key of Gb, but that agony is at your discretion.
Many hours spent on the adaptation to piano bebop phrases it was something to teach .

||: Gb5 -Bb3- Db1 -Eb2 | Fb1 -Eb2 - Db1 -Bb3 |

Gb5 -Bb3- Db1 -Eb2 | Fb1 -Eb2 - Db3 -Bb5|

Cb4 -Eb2 -Gb1 - Ab2 | Bbb1 -Ab2 -Gb1 - Eb2 |

Gb5 -Bb3- Db1 -Eb2 | Fb1 -Eb2 - Db3 -Bb1 |

Db5- F3- Ab1- Bb2 | Cb1 - Bb2- Ab3 - F5 |

Gb4 -Bb2- Db1 -Eb2 | Fb1 -Eb2 - Db1 -Bb3 :||

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#2558149 - Today at 05:03 AM Re: fingerings for this walking bass line? [Re: iamanders]
dire tonic Offline
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Originally Posted By iamanders
Howdy!
We all know the bass line: C-E-G-A-Bb (you go up and down and with all 3 chords of the non-jazz 12 bar blues).
Does anyone have the fingerings one should use (I an thinking about playing in all keys) with this bass line?

Mindful of typical tempos (1/8 notes at 120bpm max?) I would keep it rough and ready. There's a mountain of stuff to learn out there so don't waste your time turning basic blues ideas into model classical exercises. That means keeping the fingering consistent and simple - 5,3,2,1,1 for everything and just move your hand for I IV and V. Anything else is unnecessarily fussy. There's long-term benefit in making the thumb do the extra work. Also, this works in every key though I wouldn't bother with obscure keys you're never going to play in.

(what would you do, Rocket88?)

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