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Help with bassline

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Llaslo, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Llaslo


    Mar 8, 2012
    I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, so if it's not, I apologize and would ask the mods to move it to a more appropriate location. I've been playing pretty much every day for several months now, and I'm getting pretty comfortable. I've learned the fretboard, I feel like my technique is sounding much better, etc. My church is starting a praise band, and they've asked me to be the bassist. The trouble I'm having, is that the guitarist gives me something like this:

           D       Em       D/F               G
    O Jesus son of God , so full of grace and truth
        D               Em       D             G
    The Father's saving Word, so wonderful are you
    Am7             G/B          Cadd9          Dsus2
         The Angels longed to see, and prophets searched to find
    Am7            G/B                Cadd9
         The glory we have seen revealed
    VERSE 2:
    C        D         Em         D/F            G   
    You shone upon the earth, but who will understand?
             D         Em       D/F           G
    You came unto Your own, but who will recognise?
    Am7               G/B       Cadd9          D   
       Your birth was prophesied, for You were the Messiah
    Am7             G/B             Cadd9
       Who came and walked upon the Earth
    Am7           G/B        Cadd9          D   
       Your glory we have seen, the one and only King
    Am7               G/B           Cadd9
       And now You're living in our hearts
    Light of the world, light of the world
    Light of the world, You shine upon us
    VERSE 3:
    In You all things were made and nothing without You
    In heaven and on earth all things are held in You
    And yet You became flesh, living as one of us 
    Under the shadow of the cross
    Where, through the blood you shed, You have made peace again
    Peace for a world that God so loves
    Am7            G/B           Cadd9     D
       And yet You became flesh, living as one of us 
    Am7           G/B           Cadd9              
        Under the shadow of the cross
    Am7                  G/B           Cadd9           D
      Where, through the blood you shed, You have made peace again
    Am7             G/B               Cadd9
        Peace for a world that God so loves
    This actually came from Worship Archive, but his are just like this (although usually in a different key).

    I can certainly play all the root notes and it sounds fine, but what I'm not sure of is how to come up with any kind of bass line for something like that. I can search bass tabs, but then the keys might not match, etc. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    It's a chord chart. I wish I received these. The chart give you the chord changes through out the song.
    For an example C = C major chord, Cm = C minor chord, Cadd9 = C major add the ninth note ( which is D ).
    If you know your minor and major chords or scales and triads. You should be able to create some tasty licks, within context of the song. For an example, if the guitar is playing a C major chord, you may opt for the root. Possible add the third (E) or the fifth (G). Just a basic idea, but use your ear and go from there. Good luck.
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If there's a recording, I would use the chart you got to identify the roots and then follow the recording by ear. Having the chord chart just helps you know where you're going quicker without needing to fish around to match the note on the recording.

    If there's no recording and you're free to create your own bassline, jam with the guitarist some to get where the changes fall (is it 2 beats or 4 from the Am7 to the G/B in the first line?) and what the mood of the song is. Then start with roots, and start improvising - try to emphasize the chord tones (1st, 3rd, 5th, octave) at first, but as you get more comfortable with the song you may start experimenting outside of them. That's assuming you get a chance to rehearse together before getting thrown on stage, of course.
  4. I listen to it in the version Matt Redmen does
    I can come up with a cool bass part for the chrous
    a string e string
    C# G#
    Light up the world, light of the world Light of the world,

    You shine upon us on the d string after the word "us"
    G# E Db/C# B repeat 2x this is using the 5th to move backwards to the root instead of just playing the Root B you could also change up and just play B and the 5th G# to give it life now just transpose this bass line into what ever key you need it to be
    get the feel for it


    hope this helps
  5. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
  6. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    Oh, well here's a problem -

    The chords on your chart seem to have nothing to do with that ^ recorded version. Hmmmm... That's a problem.

    Maybe I'm crazy, anyone else have a 2nd opinion on this?

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