Any tips for basslines in the style of RATM?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by TheOriginalName, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Hey guys. I’ve been listening to RATM lately, especially Bulls on Parade, Take the Power Back, and Killing in the Name. All of these basslines stood out to me, as well as the songs themselves. I’ve recently started playing, and was hoping to get some tips to make riffs with this style in mind, as warm ups or even components of songs that my band mates and I could play. Would you guys have any tips or reading material for this? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
  2. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Are you able to learn some of their bass lines? That's what I did when I was starting out. Learn the major and minor scales and arpeggios and you'll start to see what they're doing.
  4. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    Lock in with the drummer. Don’t be afraid to hit the ups instead of downbeats. The E string is your friend.
  5. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I’ve learned all three songs I listed. I need to learn the scales and arpeggios, though. I’ve noticed that the songs are centered around the E string and the first few frets.
  6. GastonD


    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Tim Bob uses the blues scale A LOT as the source of his lines, but the main point is his interplay with Brad Wilk and how they lock together. Besides, I noticed his tendency to use large intervallic skips to spice up the lines.
  7. Yup, lots of blues scale. Especially on the first two records, and chromatic leading tones are often found dabbled in here and there.
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