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30 Day Challenge: Learning Walking Basslines, Week 3

Well, I’m three weeks into my self imposed 30 day guitar challenge to improve my walking basslines. I’ve gotta say, I didn’t think it would be this hard to stick to my own challenge!

If you missed the first 14 days of this experiment, check out week 1 and week 2.

Exercises for Walking Basslines

My day job has been particularly demanding lately, so I’ve been sticking with the 15 Minute Practice Routine but really focusing on Walking Bass exercises.  Over the last week, I continued practicing Exercise 1, but eventually I had to modify the exercise because my fingers were screaming at me!

The stretch across the fretboard was insane on my Harlin Parlor Guitar with its beefy neck. I moved over to my Tele and that helped. Cheating? Maybe, but it’s still tough on the smaller neck.

So here is the tab for the new modified exercise.  I’ve been getting alot of mileage out of this and feel myself getting better.


This has been pretty tough for me and I long for the day when this becomes a breeze!  For that reason, I want to document where I am right now with these exercises.  So, in the video, you will hear a flubbed note here and there. This is painful to share, but I want you to know that I struggle with these types of finger movements. The goal of the 30 Day Challenge is to focus intently on an area to see real results with my walking basslines. Hopefully, I get there, but by documenting it…we’ll both know soon enough.

I’ve included the tabs for the exercises in the video below so you can fire up the metronome and practice along.

Download the PDF tabs:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Hope you get some real use out of these exercises, they are finger twisters for sure!

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