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basslines- HELP

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by basslax, Oct 6, 2000.

  1. basslax


    Apr 20, 2000
    Washington, DC
    i really need some help here. how do you construct a cool sounding basssline? (a common example: limp bizkit's re-arranged. It has nothing to do with root notes, only just a hint of the penatonic scale.) I would really like so start some cool grooves. How do you make them so they fit with the song?? some tips orlinks would be greatly appreaciated.

  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    When you find out let me know :D

    You will have to find out for yourself but here's some tips.

    Listen to bass driven music. Try funk jazz old motown.
    Turn off the record player (ouch I'm old) and play your bass

    Turn the radio on and turn it dow until you can bearly hear it. The play along.

    Learn some different scales or modes (all the white notes on a piano c-c is major e-e is fun)

    If you are an effect guy (i'm not for bass) then buy some new toys and record the what you do with them.

    Watch local bands and speak to the bassplayer after. A beer or two is a small price to pay.

    Get some mates and jam so the music is constructed as a joint venture.

    Try to play along to sequenced dance music it might drive you nuts and kill your fingers but you might come up with some cool stuff.

    Learn the rules and break them (JimK uses a flattened 5th which is scary)

    Have fun

  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...diminished intervals=good.

    When I'm in a rut(like...always!), I pull out a drum book & "play" the drummer's part.
    Here's an example of what I'm yapping about-
    This is a 1-bar drum figure from a Clyde Stubblefield beat: In 4/4 time-


    If you can't read RHYTHMIC notation, then this will probably look "Greek".
    Learn the kick drum part-
    Play ONLY on Beat "1"; the "& of 1"; the "& of 3"; and the "& of 4". That's a pretty sparse bass figure, right?
    BTW, YOU pick the notes..."OK"?

    Now, learn the SNARE drum figure...this is a lot more busy than the kick drum(put some notes to it).

    Finally, learn BOTH together; you'll have this-
    *(sample line)*=/C.C#.D..E.FF#GAFF#G/C.C#.D..E.FF#GAGFE/
    /C.C#.D..A.FBGFC#DG/C.C#.D..E.FF#GFEDB/ tec

    Finally, to keep it real busy & hopefully "funky" in a 1/16 note kinda fingerfunk vibe, add some ghosted notes on the missing subdivisions-

    ...good luck!
    Any other questions? Ask Chris S! :D

    [Edited by JimK on 10-07-2000 at 01:56 PM]
  4. basslax


    Apr 20, 2000
    Washington, DC
    thanks for the replys everyone

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