Walking Wednesdays

Walking Wednesdays is a crowd sourced walking bass line. Using social media we can create some truly unique walking bass lines all while learning from each other and having fun in the process.

Sound like fun?

You may be saying to yourself this does sound like fun but how exactly will that work? I mean we can’t write music notation characters on social media sites can we?

How does it work?

  • Each week I will create a blog post for that week and share it across all my social media accounts
  • In the post I will have a PDF chord chart for the song we will be writing a walking bass line with for that week
  • Then throughout the day on Wednesday I will post different parts of the song that you can write a bass line for
  • You participate by replying to the post and using the hashtag #walkingwednesdays 
  • At the end of the day I will take all of the bass line ideas and write out the bass line we wrote so that you can play it!

Nomenclature – In order for this to not be confusing we should all use the same notation when writing.

  • We will use the uppercase alphabetical names for notes (ex – A, B, C#, Db, etc)
  • We will use the – symbol to separate notes (ex – F-A-C-E)
  • We will use the | symbol to separate measures (ex – F-A-C-E|G-Bb-D-F)
  • All notes will be 1/4 notes unless marked other wise (ex – F-A-C-E |G-Bb-D-1/8F F#| etc) – 1/8= eighth notes, 3=triplets, 1/16=sixteenth notes,
  • All notes will be thought of as ascending unless marked other wise (ex – A-C-E-G(down)|B-D-F#-A|etc) –  (down)=going down one octave, (down2)=going down two octaves, (up)=going up one octave, (up2)=going up two octaves

How can I participate?

  • You participate by replying to the post with your walking line
  • Be sure to use the hashtag #walkingwednesdays so we can all see what each other is writing
  • Be encouraging to each other – I want this to be fun and also a place where all people will feel welcome regardless of where they are at in their walking.

That all sounds great but I don’t know or am trying to learn how to write walking bass lines?

  • You don’t need to be an expert at this to participate
  • Just participate, ask questions and have fun learning in a group setting

Can we use Social Media to groove?

  • Most definitely!

In thinking through this I have tried to make all of the nomenclature make sense and also the ways to participate as easy as possible. That being said this is the beginning of something and we can alway change things as we go so if you have any suggestions feel free to share them with me.

Looking forward to hearing your lines!

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