Do you ever pull out pencil, paper and eraser and write?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by XIbanez4lifeX, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. XIbanez4lifeX


    Nov 15, 2005
    From what I gather from other forums is that a majority of bass players "memorize" all of thier bass lines. I have done a great deal of memorizing bass lines when I record on my digital 8 track.

    Many say they never write anything down on paper, I would say that 85% of what I do is from memory. At some point however it seems that you will hit a wall by using memory only. I read a poll that asked bass players if they memorize or physically write down bass lines and it was somethimg like 33 said memorize and 1 or 2 said they write.

    So basically I am curious on this forum do you memorize or actually write out pieces of work? :bassist:
  2. NKVD


    Nov 22, 2005

    i write something random out then play it or i just start playing something over and over. Then if its good i write it down.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The only time I ever write down a bassline is if it's really hard and in a weird time signature. Like when Dave LaRue had me learn the Dregs song "Odyssey," which is in 13/4 for the first half, I had to chart it out.
  4. If I make up something I like then I write it down. To me, that's just common sense. After all, don't we usually make a note of things we don't want to forget? I can glance at a piece of paper faster than I can listen to a recording.
  5. I'm not as good at memorization as I used to be, so I have to write down things that I come up with out of the blue, but usually only do it when my band's guitarist makes me (because he knows I'll forget).
  6. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I seldom write a bassline unless I need it as a teaching material. One of the few times I remember doing it was when I was learning that long guitar-bass duet from Extreme's "Cupid's Dead", but I didn't write it to follow the chart when playing the song. Just because the exercise of writing it down greatly helped me to memorize it.
  7. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I write basslines all the time, its how I see them work in the context of the rest of the music. My apartment, car, studio are all littered with composition notebooks and bits of pencil. People I jam with look at me weird when i whip out a notebook and sit down in the corner. They ask "what the heck are you doing?" "Writing a bassline." "Ummm...don't you need your...holy crap! How the hell did you write that????"

    Its just the way I work.
  8. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Nah, I never really write stuff out. I occasionally write out chord progressions, but never a whole line.
  9. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  10. I write everything out. Bass lines, melodies, chord progerssions, even drum parts. Not only is it a good document, but transcribing anything, whether its someone elses or yours makes you a better musician.
  11. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I will sometimes write out certain licks or progressions as I am learning them - good tool. It helps me learn the part. I have my students do it as well. Even if it's your own "shorthand" it a good learning tool.
  12. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004
    I write my songs best in sheet music. But if I am constructing a line I usually don't.. Contemplating starting though. Then my lines would be sick.. I could then put way more thought into my groove
  13. I write down anything I feel is decent, because, IMO, that's just common sense! :D
  14. lawrens


    Nov 26, 2005
    when I get a riff or line idea, I write it down in standard notation, then I work with my own parts, sometimes finding new ideas...

    most of the time I better memorize if I can read the part ;)
  15. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I have written down basslines, but I usually just memorize.