Easy Bass Lines for Jam Sessions? Come Share!
My friends and I have a little garage band and sometimes we like to just do some jamming off the top of our heads. Usually we will just do blues and the bass line I came up with is something like this:
I repeat it and move that around the neck while we play. I was wondering if you more experienced players can lend a hand to a beginner and share some of your first bass lines that you used to jam with friends. (All genres welcome)
Try Jailhouse rocks bassline or jonny b goode its pretty basic 12 bar blues, and many other songs are the same style of that era.
Some examples of what you can do with your line…
Play it your way for the first time and vary it the second time. Then the third time, play it same as the first, and the fourth time you can add a second variation. So now you have 3 versions of your bassline and you can work them into a pattern… A, B, A, C where each letter corresponds to a variation. Maybe on the fourth go around, you play this before going back to the start:
You play the G that you normally start on, but on the octave, and go from higher pitch to lower pitch in order to make it sound like you're taking it back to the beginning.
Long-winded explanation aside, the point is that we can't really tell you the basslines to play because it depends on what your bandmates are playing. Just play what you feel, trust your ears, start simple, and add on a little at a time. Eventually, you will KNOW what notes will sound good before you play them. Another thing you can do is play some distant variations of a bassline you already know (hence, my signature). I was jamming with some guys the other night and realized that I was playing warped version of "Disco Inferno". It just sort of happens.
Some moderate tempo 12-bar blues standards:
- Green Onions
- Kansas City
- Sweet Home Chicago
- Key to the Highway
All are I-IV-V except Key which has a slight variation. Hideaway is a blast, it's like five tunes in one. By Freddy King, check it out.
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