We’re proud to announce that VOLUME 2 of Killer Walking Bass is now available.

As with KWB1, we believe that having a keen melodic sense is what will make your walking style stand out. Of course, harmonic clarity and an impeccable rhythmic feel are essential. But that’s not enough to differentiate your playing from the rest.

For more details about our melodic walking bass approach, including principles and examples, see KWB Vol. 1 and our blog: http://blog.killerwalkingbass.com.

In KWB Vol. 2, we included tunes with more challenging chord changes. As with volume 1, the lines are conceived to be played…

Album release: Nov 22, 2019

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Teymur Phell, a NYC-based electric bassist, has completed his debut solo album, Master Volume. Teymur has performed as a sideman with Mike Stern, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, and others for years. With this album, he shows his musical breadth as a composer, arranger, and bandleader.

Master Volume combines electric jazz, fusion, and funk with influences from Teymur’s motherland, Azerbaijan, as well as his upbringing in Israel. Each tune has a unique structure that tells its own compelling story that draws the audience…

Killer Walking Bass comes with multiple choruses of walking lines for 6 jazz standards. The tunes are so-called “contrafacts, or borrowed chord progressions. For each, we indicate our title and then an example of a song it resembles with a similar harmonic progression.

For volume 1, here is our selection tunes:

  • You Are The Angel Glow (like “All The Things Your Are”)
  • The Bottom Phell Out (F Blues)
  • Leaps and Bounds (like “Giant Steps”)
  • Yellowtail Way (like “Green Dolphin Street”)
  • Mona By Moonlight (like “Stella By Starlight”)
  • Rhythm Changes (like “I Got Rhythm”)

We occasionally post excerpts of our killer…

Teymur is a virtuoso bassist, proficient in classical, upright jazz, and electric bass styles.

He was born in Baku Azerbaijan in 1987 and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1991. Despite growing up in an extremely musical home, Teymur only started playing music at the age of 13. It was the electric bass, and it was love at first sight.

After graduating from Vizzo Arts High School in Haifa, Teymur continued his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music in the classical department under maestro Michael Klinghoffer, a renown professor of double bass.

In 2011 shortly after graduating with…

New Release: Killer Walking Bass

A must-have book to help jazz bassists extend their style

BROOKLYN, NY: Bass virtuoso Teymur Phell and composer Jim Kalbach have co-authored an exciting new resource on jazz walking bass entitled Killer Walking Bass. It is available via Amazon and CreateSpace.

Killer Walking Bass is unique. Unlike other books on jazz bass, the authors focus on melody as a key driver in walking. The aim is to help advanced players extend their vocabulary and grow as musicians.

The book consists of a collection melodic walking lines to play. In addition, Killer Walking Bass includes guidance on creating melodic walking lines.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Danny Ziemann, author and highly…

As a jazz bassist, finding that perfect walking line is a lifetime endeavor―a quest for an ideal sequence of notes that supports the band, inspires soloists, and makes a personal statement.

Melody is what will make your walking style killer.

Sure, you must have impeccable rhythm. And of course, you drive the harmony of the tune. But integrating a melodic approach will help you go beyond just getting from chord to chord.

For instance, the following example is measure 10 of our line for the “Rhythm Changes” (page 35). By itself, the harmonic choices are not obvious.

1. PRINCIPLE OF REPETITION //

Repeat ideas for familiarity, but add variation for interest

Repeating musical ideas is a key part of melodicism. When you state a motif and reiterate it, the second instance will sound familiar in retrospect.

But repetition doesn’t have to be literal: melodic shapes that are similar, but not exactly the same, will be perceived as familiar. Some variation is good: if a line becomes too predictable, it will sound boring.

For example, play through our line from measures 49–56 of “Yellowtail Way” , below.

Killer Walking Bass is designed for advanced jazz bassists and aspiring bassists who want to extend their walking technique.

This book is unique. We focus on melody as a key driver in walking. Avoid playing the same thing over and over, and add to your walking vocabulary now.

This is not a how-to book. Instead, we want you to focus on playing the lines. Think: “learning by playing.”

We’ve compiled some of the elements of melodic bass along with the primary principles used to guide the creation of these lines. …

As a jazz bassist, finding that perfect walking line is a lifetime endeavor―a quest for an ideal sequence of notes that supports the band, inspires soloists, and makes a personal statement.

Melody is what will make your walking style killer.

Sure, you must have impeccable rhythm. And of course, you drive the harmony of the tune. But integrating a melodic approach will help you go beyond just getting from chord to chord.

In Killer Walking Bass, we outline the elements of melodic walking bass in detail. Below is an excerpt from the book. Get it on CreateSpace or Amazon.

—…

by Jim Kalbach

A metaphor is a literary device that allows us to express one thing in terms of another. Through analogy, metaphors convey a relationship between the two objects or concepts. Consider this famous example by Shakespeare from his play “As You Like It” (2/7):

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances

Shakespeare makes a comparison: life is a like a play, and people are the actors in the show entering and existing the stage of life. …

KILLER WALKING BASS

…your search for the perfect line never ends — http://buy.killerwalkingbass.com

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