Standard Lines - Jazz & bebop standards

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Standard Lines - Jazz and Bebop standards, Book III in the Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines series for the Double Bassist and Electric Bassist is a comprehensive guide demonstrating the devices used to construct walking jazz bass lines in the jazz standard tradition. Book III covers 24 jazz standard chord progressions with 110 choruses of professional jazz bass lines as an example. Part I outlines the Modes and the chord scale relationships and the fundamental knowledge required to be able to build the diatonic triads and 7th chords in any key. Examples are given in the " 2 " feel and " 4 " feel walking bass style enabling the bassist to develop a strong rhythmic and harmonic foundation. More advanced bass line construction examples including voice leading and mode substitutions and mode applications related to specific jazz chord progressions are also outlined. Part II outlines the Symmetric Scales as well as the Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale related to the Minor II V I progression. Provided are written examples of the Symmetric Scales and the chord scale relationships and how to apply the use of the Symmetric Scales over popular jazz chord progressions. The Minor II V I is outlined and compared to the Major II V I outlining the differences with the suggested scale uses applied to common jazz chord progressions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential books for the jazz bassist, August 15, 2012

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scotlarsenbass - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book III - Walking Bass Lines - Standard Lines - The Modes & the chord scale relationship method (Paperback)

I bought Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines books I, II, III & IV. They are all fantastic. The bass lines sound great. The concept of having the facility to play tunes in all 12 keys is fantastic and Steven Mooney's instruction is invaluable. Highly recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very helpful, December 5, 2011

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This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book III - Walking Bass Lines - Standard Lines - The Modes & the chord scale relationship method (Paperback)

I bought three of Steven's books - this one, "Blues in 12 Keys", and "Rhythm Changes" - and they are all excellent. The theory of bass line construction is clearly presented, but more importantly (to me) there are enough examples to put the theory in a musical context. Getting from one chord to the next is only the beginning; a really good bass line has a theme that is developed over the whole form of the song. The examples in these books are really good for that. I feel like my vocabulary has gotten bigger and my lines are sounding much better already, and I'm barely halfway through the book.

If you are an absolute beginner this book might be too challenging, you might want to start with Ed Friedland's book instead. But for an intermediate player (or a brave beginner) there is a lot here that will really help you get to the next level. For less than the price of one private lesson, it's a no-brainer. Buy it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Comprehensive and Practical Method for beginner and intermediate/advanced bass players, September 24, 2011

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Jahrah7 - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book III - Walking Bass Lines - Standard Lines - The Modes & the chord scale relationship method (Paperback)

I am highly recommending Steven Mooney's method for Constructing Walking Bass Lines Book I The Blues in 12 Keys, Book II Rhythm Changes in 12 Keys and Book III Standard lines which I purchased mid July and I am eagerly awaiting Book IV. If you can read music a little bit or read TAB, this is the Method for YOU.

Steven's approach is masterly crafted to ensure that you are playing strong Bass Lines right out of the Gate in all Twelve Keys with numerous exercises to reinforce each and every concept whether Theoretically and/or Harmonically in a very Comprehensive and Progressive approach including clearly written directions of the various concepts for the thoroughly written out exercises. As we all know, we all learn by doing. Steven's method provides numerous exercises to keep each and every aspiring Bassist enthuse about Learning and Creating Walking Bass Lines.

I have worked with literally over twenty different method books and Steven Mooney's approach is definitely the best of the best that I have worked with. It is very player friendly throughout and it is masterfully crafted! In addition to a lifetime's work going into creating these books more importantly is the willingness to patiently share this knowledge with others that makes all the difference and Steven should be very, very proud of that accomplishment.

In addition I am truly having the time of my life with these books and I have only just begun!!! So many varied exercises to reinforce the concepts, techniques and sight reading among others!

Moreover, it is a lot of FUN! Steven SHARES the Mysteries of Understanding and Creating Melodic Walking Bass Lines. I personally find it challenging to stay away from his books but I know I should actively be working on Simandl, Ray Brown, Rufus Reid, Harvey Vinson, John Goldsby, Chuck Sher, Ed Friedman, Bunny Brunel, Bob Magnusson, James Jamerson and Jamey Aebersol methods as well!!!

Enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic approach and easy to understand. A must have for any jazz bassist or educator, March 10, 2013

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Nhmjazz (NYC) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book III - Walking Bass Lines - Standard Lines - The Modes & the chord scale relationship method (Paperback)

Book three of Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines has a more theoretical approach to the book than the previous two volumes. Part 1 focuses on the theory needed to play jazz standards. It covers everything from modes and chord scale relationships to voice leading and approaches for application within a progression. Part 2 focuses on symmetrical scales and melodic minor scales. Part 3 focuses on the use of bebop scales. The first 3 chapters show many of the different scales and modes used in jazz. After an explanation of how each of these functions within different jazz chord progressions, examples are given that demonstrate the practical use of all of these devices. The final chapter gives the player numerous examples of common jazz progressions labeled under witty titles based off of the original tune name such as "Slipped into a Dream" or "No ones here." Each example demonstrates applications of the various scales and modes learned in the previous chapters. This book covers all angles that can be used in creating a walking bass line for any tune. It is direct and easy to comprehend. Any advancing bassist should take a look at Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short on talk, long on exercises, August 24, 2012

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This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines, Book 3: Walking Bass Lines- Standard Lines- The Chord Scale Relationship Method, Bass Tab Edition (Paperback)

An excellent book that focuses on learning by playing the changes and internalizing the patterns. Steven Mooney presents you with the basics of how to play through ii-V7s, or diminished chords, or some other topic, and then gives you plenty of exercises that feature the patterns and cadences the bass player will actually encounter in playing through the standards. Working through Mooney's books on the blues, rhythm changes, and standards is a great way to learn to play jazz bass.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Constructing Walking Bass Lines Book 3, July 6, 2012

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DANNY HALL (APO, AE United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book III - Walking Bass Lines - Standard Lines - The Modes & the chord scale relationship method (Paperback)

An "Absolute must have" Hands down!! The Constructing Walking Bass line series delivers on how to walk the walk and talk the talk -Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines, Book 3: Walking Bass Lines- Standard Lines in 12 Keys Upright Bass and Electric Bass Method [Paperback], and all of Mr Mooneys Series. Prepares any bassist to compete in the highly competitive music business as a Jazz Bassist. My hat goes off to you Sir, your text should be reguired reading for any aspiring bassist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Mooney's Latest Tool for the Jazz Bassist, July 24, 2011

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Richard T. Harris - See all my reviews

This review is from: Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines, Book 3: Walking Bass Lines- Standard Lines- The Chord Scale Relationship Method, Bass Tab Edition (Paperback)

"Standard Lines" is the 3rd installment of Steven Mooney's "Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines" series. Here's hoping it is far from the last. The book details many techniques that are a revelation to the aspiring bassist, and a good review for the advanced musician. For example Part 1 starts, innoculously enough, with the subject "How to Construct the Triads off the
major scale". Mr Mooney walks the reader through that subject detailing both the notes for the triads used and a nicely done example. Mr Mooney also goes into depth here by explaining chromatic approaches walks up and down. In the next section, we find the Scalar approach, which details the technique for the bassists usage of using scales as a foundation as opposed to triads.
Part 2 outlines the use of Symmetric and Melodic Minor scales. Diminished and Whole tone scales are covered for the avid reader. Part 3 covers Be Bop Scales. Is Hip Hop the grandchild of Be Bop? Someone should answer that burning question, but I don't expect Mr. Mooney to do so. He applies himself quite well to the serious subjects at hand. Part 4 is Jazz Bass line examples over Standard Jazz Chord Construction. In this section we find exercises for the bassist that are both challenging and therefore interesting for all bassists.
Mr. Mooney's latest book is a must read for all of us who ply the "Dark Strings". I keep opening all three of his books for education and fun playing. I'm sure you will also.

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