Originally Posted by sixx788
Does anyone know if there are any apps or software that can help when I am learning a bass line? Looking for something that takes out all other instruments so I can hear only the bass line. Or slows it down, loops it. Or anything that may tell me what is being played? Sometimes I need to learn a song and just don't have the time to try to figure everything out.
Yes there are many software programs that do what you want. Check this one out. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Have you thought about looking for the chord progression for the song in question? Google; guitar chords, "name of the song". For example: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/mi...g_ver3_crd.htm
Don't like it in G, there is a transpose button on the left hand side of the screen, put it in what ever key you like.
That's what I do and then let the chord's tones be my bass line. Root on one, need more? Add a 5 , i.e. R-5-R-5, still need more add the 8, R-5-8-5. That R-5-8-5 is about as generic fit anywhere as you can get. Yes with a diminished chord it needs a b5.
Bass Patterns based upon the Major Scale box. |
Major Scale Box.
G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string
Have a Cmaj7 chord coming up. Find a C on the 3rd or 4th string.
Place the box's R over that C note and then play the spelling for a Cmaj7 chord (R-3-5-7).
G7 chord is next in the song. Find a G note on the 3rd or 4th string. Then play the spelling
for the G7 chord (R-3-5-b7). If the C note was on the 4th string 8th fret your 3 is up a string
and back one fret. The 5 is up a string and over two frets. The 7 is up two strings and over
one fret. Sounds complicated, not a step for a stepper. Just a few memory pegs that repeat
all over your fretboard. The 3rd of any note is always up a string and back one fret.
• Major Triad = R-3-5
• Minor Triad = R-b3-5
• Diminished Chord = R-b3-b5
• Maj7 = R-3-5-7
• Minor 7 = R-b3-5-b7
• Dominant 7 = R-3-5-b7
• ½ diminished = R-b3-b5-b7
• Full diminished = R-b3-b5-bb7
See a chord and play it's chord tones. As every key will have three major, three minor and one diminished chord it's a good idea to get your major, minor and diminished bass line chord tones into muscle memory so when you see a chord your fingers just know what will work. Now the song may only give you enough room for the root, or root five - adapt and get as many chord tones into your bass line as needed. Root on 1 and a steady groove from the other chord tones plus something to call attention to the chord change is what we do.
I seldom play the exact bass line a specific artist used for a song. This is my interpretation of the song and I do it this way. I understand some can not function this way and need to be exact.
Google can find a chord progression to most any song. Yes it may not be the exact notes the original artist used. But, it is someone's best attempt to do that. That is close enough for me, if I do not like what is there I change it. Save a lot of time this way. Put a chord chart in front of me showing the lyrics, so I know when to change chords and I can play the song after looking over the chart for a couple of minutes. Lock in with the kick drum and play as many of the chord's tones as the song dictates.
Root on one, or root on one and three. Root on one and 5 on three. Need more the 8 will work, still need more the correct 3 and 7 will fill out a measure for you. Heck just roots will groove.
Google can find software to slow down the song to help you pick out the bass line notes. One of them I think is called Slowdowner, or something like that. See what Google can call up. http://www.pitch-switch.com/Features...FShk7Aod208AQw