Ideas for putting together a bass playing demo / showreel

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Octaves, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012

    Just getting some ideas on putting together a short audio demo of my rather average bass playing! Really for the purposes of answering ads and possibly playing with others. Thought that I'd need to show technique, musicality and some knowledge of music theory in there.

    After thinking about my options, I think that it might be best to lay down a series of chord progressions over several types of beats (styles I'm interested in, eg, funk, jazz, some rock and pop) to show technique, ability to do changes and most importantly, technique as relevant to that style. I've got all the relevant tools at home, eg, chordbot, reason 5, keyboard if I need to play any parts, and a micro br which I can record into.

    What are your thoughts on putting together a demo?
  2. If it’s mainly for the purpose of answering ad’s in the hopes of playing with others - I think most other musicians will want to hear what you sound like within a band context. So I’d suggest using something like BIAB to make some nice backing tracks with your bass playing within the mix. Anyway, have fun with whatever you do and gook luck.

    EDIT: Also if you make accompanying tracks, I recommend not getting carried away with layering - just keep it simple, like drums, and a chorded piano progression along with your bass.
  3. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Agreed, or just playing along to songs from various genres of music.
  4. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    Cool, thanks guys ;)