Walking Bass Lines

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Paul Musso

Paul Musso dives into jazz guitar with an emphasis on walking bass lines. This series of lessons focuses on separating chords from bass lines, which is good for a variety of things, including accompaniment and soloing.

7 Lessons

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Learn how to separate chords from bass lines in a jazzed up way with Paul Musso's walking bass line series.


Series Introduction

JamPlay is proud to welcome senior professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, Paul Musso. This series of lessons will be focusing on jazz walking bass lines, which is a great technique that is great for many things, so hop on in and get excited for what's to come.

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Right Hand Technique

Paul Musso takes some time to focus on the fundamentals of right hand technique. This is an important subject and great lesson for all guitar players.

7:15 Runtime

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Construction and Theory

Paul Musso explains the construction and theory of walking bass lines.

16:37 Runtime

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D Minor Blues Progression

Paul Musso teaches a walking bass line to a progression in the key of D minor. You will use techniques from previous lessons and also learn some new ones.

12:05 Runtime

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G Jazz Blues Progression

Paul Musso plays and teaches a walking bass line to a jazz blues progression in G.

20:32 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



Paul Musso talks about the song "Seasons" from his Mel Bay book, <i>Teaching Your Guitar to Walk</i>. He also touches on some subtle left hand techniques that will help with a swing feel.

19:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Walking Bass Lines over Rhythm Changes

Paul Musso looks at walking bass lines and chords over rhythm changes, which are a set of chord changes based on "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin.

12:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Denver, Colorado
  • Playing since 1973
  • 14 lessons at JamPlay

Paul Musso is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Music Performance in the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Paul is a freelance guitarist and has performed throughout the Colorado area with many diverse ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Westcliff Jazz Festival. Paul has also performed throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States.
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Awesome teacher, he can really break down things in easy manageable parts. Excellent work.


Very good. Very clear and straight forward but still very musical. Thanks


I really hope Mr. Paul Musso adds many more lessons on here. Great Teacher!


So far,I enjoy and appreciate everything he is teaching Great job!


This lesson has it all.


This teacher provides nice concise explanations and its a pleasant, intuitive experience, (you'd probably need to know the basics though). Really enjoying starting to construct walking bass lines as I learn new chord shapes :-)


very relaxed style