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Giant Steppes

Giant Steps is a “hornado,” if you will, a true cyclonic inversion on the bandstand, and before you can develop the lines you need at the speed agreed, as they say, you’ve got to start with baby steps. Four of them to take right off the bat: 1) lift ideas for walking-bass lines from guitar solos; 2) incorporate the bass’s open strings into the lines as a crutch; 3) learn the tune one position at a time, beginning with the low register first; and 4) tune the fourth string down to D (the rationale behind this last idea is outlined in our for-sale text, A Brief Guide) ...

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