Blues Bass Lines: 6 Authentic Formulas That Work Every Time

►► FREE: Get the tabs, notation and practice tracks for all the bass lines in this lesson →

If you want to play some 12-bar blues, on bass, you’re going to need to know how to get through the form using authentic sounding blues bass lines.

Once you do this, you can go virtually anywhere in the world – bass in hand – and jam with other musicians.

The blues is almost universally known, so if you ever find yourself playing with new people, you can always use some of these blues bass lines to start making music instantly.

You can start with incredibly simple lines and go all the way up to quite complex. There’s even more complex things you can do with the blues, but these 6 lines will get you started.

We blaze through the lines in the video so if you want all the tabs and notation, plus the backing tracks from all the bass lines in this lesson, you can get them for free here:

Blues Bass Lines: 6 Authentic Formulas

With these resources, you’ll be able to start practicing each of these lines quickly and you’ll be jamming with other people in no time at all. Start with the simple ones and work your way up to the more complicated ones.

Remember, you don’t have to be tied to playing just one of these blues bass lines for the whole song. You can mix and match and go between all of them – sometimes even in the one song. Just be careful to change at the top of a form to avoid confusing your bandmates.

As always, if you have any questions, just drop them into the comments. I’d be more than happy to help out however I can.

Good luck with the lesson and happy playing!



P.S. Remember to get the tabs, notation and practice tracks from this lesson here:

Blues Bass Lines: 6 Authentic Formulas

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  1. THIS is what I have been looking around for so long!
    Thank you for your efforts Luke. You've made what I thought was so complex, so much easier to understand. Awesome work and Thanks again.

  2. Hey man I subbed to your channel come check out mine as well. I'm trying to make my own music now so I'm trying to come up with some organic bass lines for my songs so thanks man.

  3. Ive been playing for 30 years but I always return to keep my foundation rock solid Thanks Luke…more blues bass please,as their are endless variations….cheers

  4. excellent

  5. The 1,3,5,6 version is that pattern for that woohoo song from Kill Bill

  6. Fixe, mas os tempos estão mal escritos.

  7. This is youtube in its finest form

  8. Thanks mate!

  9. Great lesson cheers.

  10. You talk too much!…But thanks anyway!

  11. Great tutorial! I've been learning Bass for about a year now and this is just the kind of thing I'm trying to learn . Any chance of a Blues turnaround tutorial in the future?

  12. Thank you for a great, straight to the point video.

  13. Thanks. Love your Blues

  14. As always, Luke, your lessons are concise, precise and to the point, and backed up with great tab and notation downloads. Another satisfied Kiwi from New Zealand.

  15. Awesome video, love your work 🙂

  16. Great stuff

  17. Thanks a lot for the PDF and mp3's from the Netherlands!

  18. his shirt is bllue

  19. Background music is to loud, bass line is almost to to low to really hear . But very good lesson

  20. Good man…i was just a cover player….now got to know the blues too..

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