Advice for bassline for progression...please!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by schmig, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. schmig


    Nov 30, 2008
    Hi all,

    At very short notice, have to go to a studio tomorrow to do a session on the not the most experienced..just an OK player.

    It's poppy county/folk music, which I'm not so used to. Question here is about progression.

    Chords change rapidly with words, basic progression, upbeat:


    and verse


    To my ears I would have played the chorus roots against the verse, but, I'd be giving the game away..what game there is, at least...if you consider the progression in the verse moving at speed, I don't like how it revisits the C major..having trouble here.

    QUESTION: Anyone know of tunes with similar progression? Is basically Irish country sounding stuff.

  2. MycooLeeyun


    Sep 26, 2009
    Sedona, AZ
    you should try to get a recording of you playing this so we can have an idea of what you're really working with.
  3. schmig


    Nov 30, 2008
    I have a very low quality demo of the guy playing it on guitar, but I think it would be a breach of his confidence to share it anywhere :(
  4. middlebit


    Sep 10, 2005
    Then can you write out the rhythm of the progression for us?
  5. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    Madison WI
    one thing to consider - sometimes a chord progression sounds wonky on its own, but as soon as you add the melody it all makes perfect sense.
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Ask the songwriter. If the songwriter doesn't know/doesn't care, then play the roots and get paid.

    Above all else, listen to the vocal melody and do not play notes that clash.
  7. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Exactly-- and there's no way that I could suggest a bassline without hearing the melody.
    I could suggest things like inversions (playing notes that are not the root of the chord) and pedal points (finding a note that's common to several chords and staying on it while the chords change over it)... but it's all abstract without hearing the song itself. Playing the roots (and only the roots) of each chord might be superb.

    Taste is everything! :hyper:
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Hard to say without hearing the song, but here's something you might try:

    Chorus: C-B-A-G-F-G-C

    Verse: C-B-A-E-F-G-C

    It's a nice pattern and should work depending on what the guitar and melody are doing.
  9. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    I'm guessing each chord lasts about two beats?

    I think there's an opportunity for a semi-walking line. Starting with C, then up 3rd and 4th drop to G then 5th and down to F, etc.

    Since the two lines are so similar, I might start both at C but head in different directions depending on verse or chorus, or maybe just hit the higher G's and F's during the 2nd and 4th iterations of one or the other.

    I may overly complicate things, but with two simple and similar parts I like to create a little distinction to make them seem a little different. With short resolves (assuming 4 bar for the guitar), I would try to find a 16 bar pattern that makes things interesting.

    Just my 2 cents given the amount of info there is to go on.
  10. schmig


    Nov 30, 2008
    Folks, was in the studio yesterday. Took something for most of the posts here as regards the progression. Was very nervous going in but having played through the song over and over beforehand using these ideas, it went well! Producer asked would I be interested in doing some work for him :) Thanks again for replies!