Jazz Studies Beginner

The biggest challenge with this category is that one needs to be somewhat technically proficient on their instrument prio to learning to play jazz.  You must be realistic about your abilitiy and recognize if you are ready to jump into jazz, or perhaps you need to first build your command of your instrument.

1.  Start by learning to play walking bass lines. This is the foundation of good jazz bass.  Start with either or both of these book.  Jazz Bass Walking has is focused on the essence of walking bass.  Creating Jazz Bass Lines starts at the same place but expands to includes more depth and harder lessons. 

These books are of course located in my bookstore.  

There are audio examples and play-alongs for each of these books located on my downloadable site:  http://www.stinnettmusicdownloadables.com/Stinnett_Music_Downloadables/practice_cds.html

Practice CD - Creating Jazz Bass Lines, Roots, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 1/2 Steps

Practice CD - Creating Jazz Bass Lines, ii V I

Practice CD - Creating Jazz Bass Lines, Blues with Substitute Chords

Jazz Bass Walking comes with audio examples of each example.  Jazz Bass Walking also has individual mini video lessons available for each example in the book: