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Old 11-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Creating a bass solo?

Hi. So we're performing this song on sunday, but we only recently got a new electric guitarist that can play chords well, but he's not too good with learning solos. He's still working on it, but he said he's prefer to not do any solo-ing yet.
I was thinking to fill in that empty gap, I could fill in something with the bass. It's only an electric guitarist, drummer, bassist, and an acoustic guitarist so I don't think something too crazy would be appropriate.

The song is this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnvl...tailpage#t=156s

The key is in D (D, A, Bm, G).

I'm not too good with my scales (still learning). If anyone could help me, I would appreciate it very much.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Just play within the D major scale, you should be find
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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Just play within the D major scale, you should be find

either this, or figure out the triads for the chords and play those along to the chord progression.


Also, take a tip from Victor Wooten and make sure you groove during your solo.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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Ah man, I hate how people at christian concerts act like their on Jesus acid or something.

Anyway, just make sure its got a groove. Don't just play a guitar solo, because you don't play guitar. You have to keep the groove going.
edit: ^Ha! Thats exactly what I was thinking of.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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You could play the triad of the chords the guitars are playing.

Code:
D A Bm G G]--------7------------------------] D]------4--------7------9------5---] A]----5--------4------5------2-----] E]-----------5------7------3-------]


Something simple and melodic.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Just for reference the triads for the chords are:

D chord: D F# A

A chord: A C# E

Bm chord: B D F#

G chord: G B D
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:54 PM   #7
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Just make some noise and stay in key, even a shitty bass solo sounds awesome if its confident. A good bass solo that comes right out of nowhere is in a song called 'Naked in the Rain' by the Chili Peps, check it out and good luck !
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. Using the triads (kind of...), I put together this baby riff. lol
Except, I'm not sure what I did for the G chord...
D A
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5-5-5-5-9-9-7-7----------------5-5-4-4-----------------------------|
E|---------------------------5-5-5-5---------------------------------------|

Bm G
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------9-9-7-7---------------9-7-5-7-----------------------------|
E|-7-7-7-7----------------3-3-3-7---------------------------------------| x3

D A
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5-5-5-5-9-9-7-7----------------5-5-4-4-----------------------------|
E|---------------------------5-5-5-5---------------------------------------|

Bm G
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------12-12-12-10~-9~--------------------------------------|
E|-7-7-10-10-------------------------------------------------------------|


Did I do good? Lol.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:18 PM   #9
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Thanks guys. Using the triads (kind of...), I put together this baby riff. lol
Except, I'm not sure what I did for the G chord...
D A
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5-5-5-5-9-9-7-7----------------5-5-4-4-----------------------------|
E|---------------------------5-5-5-5---------------------------------------|

Bm G
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------9-9-7-7---------------9-7-5-7-----------------------------|
E|-7-7-7-7----------------3-3-3-7---------------------------------------| x3

D A
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5-5-5-5-9-9-7-7----------------5-5-4-4-----------------------------|
E|---------------------------5-5-5-5---------------------------------------|

Bm G
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------12-12-12-10~-9~--------------------------------------|
E|-7-7-10-10-------------------------------------------------------------|


Did I do good? Lol.


I just played it, that sounds really good. You could play that through the whole song and not even worry about a solo.

Think of the bass as glue that holds the sound of the band together. Too much glue, and it'll never dry, too little and it'll never hold.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:35 PM   #10
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Yes, it does sound good. Still, i'd play more with the rythm, not just 8ths or 16ths... you may also think if the song needs stacatto playing or you should let every note ring... see what you can do.. now you got the notees, try adding some rythmic complexity...
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