Definition of walking bass in English:

walking bass

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noun

Music
  • A bass part in 4/4 time in which a note is played on each beat of the bar and which typically moves up and down the scale in small steps: [count noun]: bluesy on a grooving, walking bass [mass noun]: a muted horn over walking bass
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    • The left-hand plays broken chords most of the time or has a walking bass pattern, while the right-hand carries the melody.
    • Personal re-invention is at least as much a part of the blues landscape as mournful harmonicas, stinging guitars or walking bass lines.
    • For the anxious jazzers, Parker's walking bass and Cleaver's lurching swing on The Key is as close to the music's deepest roots as free jazz gets.

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