How to know what fits in a song.

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

  1. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    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. 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


    Nov 6, 2011
    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.