How to know what fits in a song.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Precision101, Apr 13, 2014.


  1. Precision101

    Precision101

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    Not sure if this had been talked about but how do you fellow bassmates know know what fits and what doesn't fit into a song? Simplicity? Complexity? Groove? Lead? What are your opinions and what is your process? I always think about what notes I can fit in to make it sound good and full but I play too much sometimes any tips?
  2. geeza

    geeza

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    Huh?
    Depends on the song/style. I try to remember 2 things:
    1) If it doesn't add to the song, it takes away from it.
    B) Less is more.
  3. OEW3

    OEW3

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    Usually, I initially play a bunch of notes, bad ones and good ones, and listen to the way they effect the mood of what everybody else is playing. Then I take out every note that doesn't need to be there. With the remaining notes, the keepers, I then fiddle around with exactly WHEN to play them, and that eventually turns into a workable bassline. No letters, no math, no theory. Just how it feels/sounds. Someday, I will get the bug to learn all the theory, I'm sure, but for now, it's all ear and heart for me.

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