Writing songs on a bass?
Does anyone here have success or experience writing pop songs on a bass?
Is it easier, or does the work come out better, when you write on a bass as opposed to a guitar or a piano?
And what's the key difference in writing music on a bass, instead of a chordal instrument? (that is to say writing the base structure of a song)
Some of my favorite bassists are the ones who are the songwriters and singers of their respective group (Julian Cope, Mark Burgess, Steve Kilbey) but I only know that Burgess wrote songs on a bass early in his band's tenure (and damn fine music at that). In addition to being a quality bass players I would like to also be a quality songwriter (overambitious maybe?) but I am worried that there would be an issue in finding chord quality and not having the bass overpower the rest of the music.
Of course, a song is never just on a bass and after the kernel of a tune is formed, it goes through many processes before it can be called a song but how much a song do you, or other bassists, create before additions are made? Is it common for bassists to write songs in bands on a bass and not on another instrument?
Thanks for any help. I'm still new to music and this site, so apologies if a thread like this has been done.
Bonus Question: Not that I'm a singer, but is there any secret to playing bass and singing at the same time, or is it just something you work on until you have the ability?
Bonus Bonus Question: Do you write the music or the lyrics first?
Last edited by uberpsycho : 08-27-2013 at 10:02 AM.