Need some suggestions for interesting fills, intervals for boring to play songs

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by markdavid, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. markdavid


    Jun 29, 2007
    Hi all,
    Am having some issues finding inspiration for some songs that are really dull to play that I play with my band, the songs in question are Lucky man by the Verve and Breakfast at tiffany's by Deep blue something, we have some other songs that are very simple songs with only a couple of chords and I have managed to come up with some inventive and melodic playing for those songs but for these others I am completely stumped, hoping someone can suggest some nice fills or intervals I can use to liven these up a bit, thanks
  2. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar...

    Nov 23, 2010
    You can try as hard as you want. You'll never make alternative rock from the 90's/2000's era fun to play.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Harsh, but funny. :roflmao:
  4. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar...

    Nov 23, 2010
    It was said in jest, sort of. :p
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  5. markdavid


    Jun 29, 2007
    Lol, that must be were I am going wrong
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  6. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    The older I get the more I believe boredom comes from in the player not the song.

    Boredom is a signal that you are not listening and engaging emotionally with the music.
    The solution is not to find more notes to squeeze in
    But to drop your ego, step back from your own playing
    pay more attention to the drums and other parts,
    and really try to experience momentary emotional flow of the music.
    Concretely that means giving less consideration to which notes / how fast
    and more thought to dynamics, articulations, note length, and phrasing
    This can have a very strong but subtle positive impact on what you play and how you feel about it.

    In fact, I enjoy playing "boring" songs because it gives me opportunity to open my ears and attention
    and inject some thoughtful emotion into my playing in ways that a more 'interesting' or difficult part might prevent.
  7. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    Every music genre can use some disco octaves ;)
  8. Teach a man a riff/fill, he fills for a song.
    Teach him music theory, and he fills for a lifetime.
  9. joeeg33

    joeeg33 Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Central New Jersey
    Listen to the melody, and embellish.....
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  10. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I take advantage of the “boring” songs to engage the audience. By the time I’ve creeped out everyone, it’s time for the next song.
  11. This.

    If a song is boring to play, it's probably going to be boring to listen to.
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  12. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    The most interesting thing to do there might be to strategically insert RESTS - perfectly timed with the drummer ( who must also be tacit for precisely the same periods).

    Just a few of them dropped in here and there, could make all the difference.. could be "bar and a half phrases", could be precisely placed 16th notes :)
  13. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I just listened to "Breakfast". I think the bass serves the song well. I wouldn't change anything if I were covering it.
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  14. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Truth! :thumbsup:
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  15. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    These are covers. Just play what's on the record.
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  16. bfields


    Apr 9, 2015
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Have you sat down with headphones and really listened carefully to the bass on both of those? On a quick listen, neither's complicated, but they aren't just roots either.

    Not that you have to follow either of them exactly if you don't want to, but that's one way to get some ideas.

    Another thing that sometimes gets me out of a rut is just to lay down on the couch, close my eyes, run through the song in my head, and imagine a bassline. When I "hear" something I like, I stop and try to sing it and then find it on my bass.
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  17. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    You play a cover just do what is on the record otherwise just write your own songs
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  18. Bass Jones

    Bass Jones Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2018
    Austin, Texas
    This makes me think of John Entwistle suffering through Baba O'Riley.

  19. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Listen to a whole lot of Dirty Loops and get back to us!
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  20. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    Learn to play the holes.
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