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How To Play Boogie Woogie

Learn this awesome bassline to get everyone in a Boogie Woogie mood!

Lisa Witt - Oct 18, 2019

Are you ready to boogie?!


You're about the learn the DEFINITIVE Boogie Woogie bassline. It's literally the first bassline you see when you search Wikipedia for "Boogie Woogie".


Don't believe me? Go look, I'll wait :)


You see? So you are going to learn something awesome today, but I will warn you -- this is not the easiest bassline to play. It will take some practice, especially when you start changing chords. But it is SO MUCH FUN and if you play this for someone, guaranteed they'll smile :)


And you'll be working on your left-hand strength and dexterity!


The pattern


The great thing about this bassline is that it follows the same pattern, no matter what chord you're playing it over.


We'll be in the key of C today, and we'll use the C, F and G chords.


Over C, the bassline looks like this:



It looks complicated, but we can break it down.


Starting on C, you play an octave above to a higher C. Then you start on the 3rd (E) and walk-up by half-steps until you reach the 5th (G). Once you do, you simply play a G octave below.


And that repeats over and over again.


The hard part is changing chords


This is where it gets a little tricky. This bassline is fast and jumps around a lot. It can take a bit to master, but the real challenge comes when it's time to change chords.


From the C we'll move to an F. The pattern is identical, but everything is now in relation to the F chord.


So we'll start with the F octave, and then find the 3rd (this time it's A) and walk-up by half-steps until you reach the 5th (now a C) and then play that C octave.


After F, we'll move to G. I'll leave it up to you to figure out the notes. Remember, the pattern NEVER changes.


Don't forget to boogie


This is the Boogie Woogie, so don't forget to play it with some style and bounce!

This is not the bassline to play with a straight rhythm. You want to swing, and really 'feel' the bassline.


So get to the keys and start to boogie!

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.