Hey guys,

What are some good jazz standards for a bassist to learn? I'm just getting into jazz and I want to have a solid standard repertoire.


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I'm no bass player (I spent a few years learning jazz vibes), but here's my suggestion anyways: Learn the standard harmonic progressions (12- and 16-bar blues, ii-V-I, etc.) and practice walking patterns at different tempi and you'll be able to tackle most of what's in the Real Book just from glancing at the chart.  I can't think of "must-know" standards offhand, just ones I had a lot of fun playing as a vibist and drummer...  "Footprints," "St. Thomas," "So What," "Autumn Leaves," and "Blue Bossa," were a few.

I have a regular gig with some older cats, so Autumn Leaves and Blue Bossa  are always somewhere in the set list. What I would suggest is getting your scales down and if you've got that part already taken care of, go and get yourself some charts. Hal Leonard Publishing has a ton of great jazz standard books for bass players.




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