Walking Bass Notes
A common technique used to write songs is with using walking bass notes. It’s a style of writing music for literally hundreds of years. I think of the very famous Pachelbel’s Canon in D that dates back to the Baroque period in the 1700’s. Pachelbel uses a repeating descending bass line throughout the piece.
‘As A Deer’ is a well known worship song that uses a descending bass line in much of the song. There are several ways to write and make song arrangements. In the video below you can learn the walking bass notes for a number of different keys. I’ve filmed a 6 minute lesson for you. This is also in one of the Video Newsletters but I thought it might be easier to find on the website to have the lesson stand on it’s own, too. The video shows some walking bass notes in major keys, but it also works for minor keys.
If you would like to learn and apply many ways to write songs, you might enjoy our Guitar Music Theory course. I hope you enjoy the lesson. If you would like to learn more about Finger Picking, check out our Mastering Finger Picking course.