bass line creating?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fdiaz05, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. fdiaz05


    Oct 24, 2002
    i've always wanted to come up with decent sounding somewhat difficult lines. not too hard but i just want them to sound like they just came out of my ass or i just followed the root note. I've joined a band and now all i can come up with are rock bass lines but i would like to make it a bit more complex i'm in a rut i guess. any ideas?? help!!
  2. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I too am looking for cool bass fills.

    The pros do them, why not me?

    Well, you just have to take chances in the songs you now play.

    There's no growth without risk. Some things will work, others won't. You won't know until you take the chance.

    Listen to bass playing when you don't have the instrument in your hands.

    Practice, and key off the drummers chops. (If he/she has any)
  4. samickman


    Oct 29, 2002
    Coolville, Ohio
    I'm in the same boat, I can play root notes and some little bass lines here and there, but I need help creating catchy bass lines.
  5. just_a_poser


    Apr 20, 2002
    Start learning theory.

    Once you get an understanding of different scales and modes and stuff, while you're listening to your guitarist or whatever, you're fingers will start just going where they're supposed to.

    Obviously it will be a while before this happens, but if you start now, you'll start getting a basic understanding.
  6. Use the Force ....
    Force=Wut poser said.:D

    Yeah man poser's right just do a bit of theory.. but dont bite off more than u can chew, cuz with theory it can become very boring and discouraging but in the end rewarding... Jist playin'' dawg. Pick 3 basic scales learn them well.. learn where they work on the neck..when ur out of ideas just incorporate bits and pieces of those scales and hopefuly they'll breathe some new life into ur lines.

    Enjoy keep it real;)
  7. Sprinkler

    Sprinkler [account disabled]

    Jul 31, 2002
    Just learn the broken chords...
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No - you don't have to take risks - just find out what the chord structures are (build up good transcribing skills - a good "ear"), learn what scales/modes go with those chord progressions and use notes from these scales that resolve correctly in context and fit in rhythmically.

    Learn as much music theory as you can - preferably with a teacher who can show you how to apply this theory to what you want to do.
  9. samickman


    Oct 29, 2002
    Coolville, Ohio
    Ok, this might sound stupid but what are broken chords? I've never heard of that.:(
  10. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    It's like when you tear a hole in your trousers, you have broken cords.
  11. fdiaz05: you won't believe how much you could do with JUST the mayor, minor, and pentatonic scales. Info on these can be easily found 'round the 'Net.

    After that, see if you like to go further. Then you will need theory classes.
  12. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Here we go again.

    Click on baby frog.

    <a href=""><img src="" width="175" height="150" border="0" alt="Learn THEORY and get some CANDY by clicking on BABYFROG!"></a>
  13. I like the frog but I like its insides even better thanks for the lession on theroy. I could not agree more, I think that next to being able to play theroy is the next important thing. So use the FORCE and learn
  14. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Listen, listen, listen! And more importantly, listen to great bass players. Rock bass can often be rather generic so check out reggae, funk and jazz bassists to gain ideas to incorporate into your playing. Experiment with different rhythms - so much can be done with just root notes - try playing staccato and legato and syncopating things. Find out what the chords are and try working the 3rd and 5th into the bassline. Also another approach is to move chromatically on weak beats between chord tones, or mess with octave jumps and drops to give the line some bounce. Listen to drummers that you like and build basslines with the same rhythm as their kick/snare beats. Try completely dropping out for a bar or two - then people really notice the bass when it comes back in. Remember that you're composing when you create a bassline - let your ears guide your fingers, not the other way around.

    Hope that assortment of ideas helps.

  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    But you have to know how to apply this stuff in the context of the chord progression - the wrong major,minor or pentatonic scale is probably worse than useless and is just going to convince people that you don't know what you're doing! ;)