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katen1993

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creating a bass line
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:13:52 am »
heya folks! hope you're all doing fine on your guitar journey. so i joined a band as a bassist and my bass skills are normal i guess? my band mate composed a song and asked me to create a bass line. any tips and advice? thanks mates :)

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 11:58:52 am »
Perhaps you could list the chords/changes, determine which scale(s) fit and start there.  Just thinking out loud here...

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 12:09:50 pm »

Funny, I was just reading this in another forum.  Scroll down to the 5th post.
 
http://forum.emusictheory.com/read.php?5,10127

Hope it helps Katen...
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quahog

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 12:18:35 pm »

Funny, I was just reading this in another forum.  Scroll down to the 5th post.
 
http://forum.emusictheory.com/read.php?5,10127

Hope it helps Katen...

Good post there Sophiehiker... when I transcribe, I often start with the bass notes to figure out the overall structure of the song.  I find it much easier to hear what key the tune is in.

katen1993

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 06:07:22 am »
thank you guys for your suggestions :D

@sophie: that link really did help:D

i don't really transcribe bass lines but meh. i'll give it a try :D

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 02:37:42 pm »
Follow the chords.

Outline each chord as it changes.

EX A Chord
1-2&--3--4
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---7----5--7----
------7--------
5--------------

D chord
----7-----5--7---
-------7------
5----------------
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E Chord

-------9------7---9
------------9
---7----------
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Now play a I IV V progression with that. Then make some interesting connections between them so it's not so repetitive.

You have to follow the chords
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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 06:51:29 pm »
I am a guitar player who is teaching themselves bass, because a friend wanted to learn, and so I am teaching her.

I would echo TB, and add that I am finding the arpeggio lessons great for following the chords and creating basslines.
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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 07:14:11 am »
   TB-AV thanks a lot for nice sharing

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2013, 01:29:55 pm »
Two things are important to me when making basslines.  First is groove obviously and that simply requires being in time and sticking with the drummer.  The other is related somewhat to what TB said, that is to keep the line somewhat interesting by use of arpeggios but also how the bassline carries the listener from one part to the next.  I'm a big fan of passing tones because to me it feels like taking the listener by the hand (ear) and leading then through the song.

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2013, 04:53:42 pm »
This is a pretty good guide to using arpeggios to create lines:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/134944537/31569446-Jeff-Berlin-a-Comprehensive-Chord-Tone-System-for-Mastering-the-Bass

(the original book is now out of print)

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 09:45:31 am »
I agree with Endureth above on using passing tones - leading the listener into the next chord.
Another thing I like - that makes interesting dynamics to a song - is to have the bass move in the opposite direction of the guitars into the next chord.
So if, for instance, the guitar goes up from a C chord to an F chord, let the bass drop from the C to the F.
You don't have to move in the opposite direction of the guitar all the time, but maybe only to emphasize the hook of the song - or in the chorus - or to make the bridge more interesting. Or simply if you're a bit bored with repeating the same progression all the time. Or something.

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Re: creating a bass line
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2013, 04:47:25 pm »
That's really some interesting stuff you guys, I'm looking for some info on the role of the bass guitar and all and this is really very useful :)

 

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