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Lesson 4: Writing 4 Feel Bass Lines

Recall from Lesson 1 that 4 feel basslines incorporate a quarter note pulse. In 4/4 time, a walking line in 4 feel would utilize 4 quarter notes per measure. That quarter note pulse helps to define the time feel of the music. In jazz especially, a bass player's walking bass part becomes the most authoritative source of the time for the ensemble. As was stated earlier, it is important to remember that your walking lines will provide both the time feel and the harmonic foundation for the music. Naturally, it is vitally important to play with as much consistency, accuracy, and sensitivity as possible.

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