Electric Bass

Steve Pavlina on November 04, 2011 08:43

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    • Niumusic
      Niumusic at 2.21 on November 14, 2011 21:41

      sounds good, when the song gets heavier it might be interesting to also liven up the bass sound with a bit of distortion (check the amp effects/simulation, if you are using a program that has them). Nice musical progress!

    • felocirraptor
      felocirraptor at 0.41 on November 06, 2011 00:03

      In order to learn how to put a melody on top of a bass line, they will likely sound good if they are in the same key. There are extremely important concepts that you need to understand (ask any musician)... Key/Tonality: the piece gravitates towards one single note; when you are in that note, there are no tensions (ie: it sounds like the music is resting). When you see something in Cmajor (like a bass), it should sound well if you put a Cmajor melody on top of that. Its difficult to explain, better you read and ask face to face to ohter people who also know. (Also try to read something about "chord progression" and examples too)

    • felocirraptor
      felocirraptor at 0.59 on November 05, 2011 02:44

      @Steve Pavlina: yeah, for me, thats the coolest part of music. It takes time, but it's also very fun to learn, and be able to whatever you want. Its one of things I most appreciate

    • Steve Pavlina
      Steve Pavlina at 0.59 on November 04, 2011 21:28

      @felocirraptor: I made this one entirely with GarageBand loops. I only used 3 different loops for the electric bass, but I chopped them up into smaller bits and arranged them to create new phrases. I'll eventually learn how to compose my own bass parts, but I'm not there yet.

    • felocirraptor
      felocirraptor at 0.59 on November 04, 2011 19:31

      this is kinda confusing, I mean, did you compose all this? Which means, writing the bass, and also sequencing the drums? or you just grabbed the loops/samples/etc and put it togheter?? It's amazing that you can do this in such a short time though

    • knud-riis
      knud-riis at 1.18 on November 04, 2011 11:04

      @djbjra: What Dj Bjra just said :)

    • Krank Official
      Krank Official at 1.18 on November 04, 2011 10:19

      Great, now you are a little wet with how a bass instrument sounds. A little info on the bass and some music theory. Most popular music has something called a chord progression. This is something you may want to do a little reading on. In most music, including Depeche Modes tracks, and most of the tracks I've written, the bass provides the "harmonic backing" over which the rest of the instruments harmonize. I see throughout this track you changed the starting note of which the bass pattern starts. This effectively is changing what chord the bass is representing harmonically. Long story short, switching between different "bassline starting notes" is in fact creating a chord progression. Melodies harmonizing over chord progressions is one of the key fundamental building blocks of writing the music that you and most people will enjoy the most. The next practical step to get your feet wet is to experiment with layering other instruments on top of the bass, paying careful attention to how the other instruments sound better when a bass is playing under them. I assume garageband has all of its loops starting from the same key so it really should be as simple as dragging and dropping

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