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A new demo I recently recorded- would love some feedback on the bassline

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ValentinBk, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. ValentinBk


    Sep 8, 2012
    Hey guys, I recently posted a new demo of a rock ballad I wrote. I would love some feedback on the bassline of the song (or on the whole song if you want).

  2. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    can't hear the bass line
  3. mogpipe


    Apr 22, 2011
    ^ went in looking for bass, left feeling empty.
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    This belongs in the Recordings forum. I'll move it there now.
  5. ValentinBk


    Sep 8, 2012
    This isnt exactly one of my songs where the bass is dominant (even thought I have those). I was hoping however for some feedback on the bass solo at the beginning.
  6. Just one guy's opinion on the bass solo only - the bass solo is way too busy in light of what everything else is doing. Either simplify the guitars or the bass on that part. That will help everything come out a lot more clearly and will make a stronger musical statement.
  7. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    If my opinion is to be given then the bass solo at the beginning felt too in time. Everything you were playing was directly on the beat with very little syncopation and very few rests. If you listen to the other guitarists solo's they were never playing everything in perfect time.
  8. ValentinBk


    Sep 8, 2012
    Care to give an example? Maybe Im missing something out..
  9. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    A little staccato for my tastes. Sounded more executed than played if you know what I mean. I have the same problem from being classically trained. I have to really focus on making it breath and sound natural. Sometimes precision is the enemy of flow.
  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I agree that there was something stilted, self-conscious and unnatural about that bass part. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I hear it for sure. Maybe it is as others say, a question of being too staccato and letting the phrasing breathe a little more.
  11. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    Thing is I'm being overly critical here, it's obvious your a great player and the solo itself is well put together, I'd just try and play slightly looser. It could be that whoever recorded for you quantized it slightly too much but it definitely has that sort of feeling to it. If you listen to some of John Entwistle solo's as well as blasting away at it with machine gun like precision there are moments where he will drag slightly or slur, just little tricks to make the solo feel more natural