Bass day (2h)

  • Walking bass lines / chord tones
    • Major 7th chords around the cycle of 4ths in all inversions, permutations used:
      • 1-3-5-7
      • 3-1-5-7
      • 5-1-3-7
      • 7-1-3-5
    • Walking with permutations & inversions
      • A Beautiful Friendship in Eb
  • Rhythmic studies
    • Riff from “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
      • Starting on 1-e-&-a (original version)
      • Starting on 1-e-&-a (moved 1 1/16 forward)


This exercise with taking the riff and moving it in 16th notes? Dude, it’s genius. It’s mind-boggling, but once you get it right, it makes you groove like crazy! Thanks Mr. Brown, sir!

Bass day (1h 30m)

  • Walking bass / chord tones
    • 1-* & 3-* permutations of root inversion & 1st inversion (harmonising C Mixolydian)
    • Applying over All of Me in G-
  • Piano routine sync
    • Minor blues scale “inversions” (starting on 1 and running octave up, b3 and up to b3 octave above, same from 4, from #4, etc.) — in all keys cycling in 4ths
  • Chords
    • Triads recap
    • 7th chords 1st inversion w/o 5th

Bass day (1h 45m)

  • Chord tones + walking bass lines
    • Harmonising A, E and D major scales with all inversions of 7th chords (trying to go without stops)
    • Harmonising A, E and D with 5-X permutations of the root inversion
  • Chords
    • Triads in all inversions (recap)
    • Play along to “All of Me” in G mixing all inversions

Bass day (1h 45m)

  • Chord tones + Walking bass lines
    • Harmonising Eb major scale with:
      • all inversions
      • 1st inversion in all permutations starting on 1
    • Applying inversions to All of Me (not literally though)
      • Whole song in 1st and 2nd
      • Whole song in 1st and 2nd in 1-3 and 1-5 permutations
      • Mixing different permutations
  • Chords
    • Recap all closed and open voicings of 7th chords
    • Recap triads in all inversions
    • Apply to All of Me chord chart

Next time focus: pick (choose a part to practice), permutations on 5 & 7, continue with chords