#1
I've been given the opportunity to join a band, but the problem is that they already have a guitarist, and need a bassist. One of them has a spare bass guitar hanging around, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Now, most of my music theory knowledge should transfer over, as it's the same as the lower 4 strings on a guitar, just an octave (a few octaves?) down. But, a good guitar line played a few octaves down might interfere with the lead guitar line rather than complimenting the rest of the music. So, what makes a good bass line?
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#2
Play less notes than you think you should.
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#3
you are on the right track!

basically, as opposed to making a hook or adding flavor as your primary goal, you want to glue everything together.

you need great rhythm, in order to compliment your drummer, and a strong sense of theory, so you can bring out the right scale or pattern for the job.
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#4
I'd also like some tips on that, as I wanna start playing bass soon.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#5
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Play less notes than you think you should.


yea start out just playin the root notes of the guitar and not playing too much then as you get better you can try writing your own riffs to go with the guitar
#6
keep the rythem of the song..and keep it sexy. if you do that..everything should be fine.
#7
what genre's your band?

and what do you like Shinzoku?
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what genre's your band?
Dunno yet, the first practice will be monday, cuz we're all off for MLK Day.
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I've been given the opportunity to join a band, but the problem is that they already have a guitarist, and need a bassist. One of them has a spare bass guitar hanging around, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Now, most of my music theory knowledge should transfer over, as it's the same as the lower 4 strings on a guitar, just an octave (a few octaves?) down. But, a good guitar line played a few octaves down might interfere with the lead guitar line rather than complimenting the rest of the music. So, what makes a good bass line?


Do you want to play bass? I know it's a very simple question but it's probably the most important one.

Listen to Myung of Dream Theater on "This Dying Soul", fills the space out perfectly. When JP starts solo-ing, listen to Myung keep the low end, a melody and the drive going all at the same time. Fantastic example of perfect bass playing (in my opinion).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJqXEaKcf1Q&feature=related

And a lot of Muse songs really show how to create a fitting bassline.
#12
Make sure you know arepeggios, bass players best friend.
Start off perhaps playing the root note and play the octave, then branching out.
There's nothing wrong with the bass player playing the guitar riff aswell, but don't do it all the time, your sound need's 'ass'.
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#13
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Dunno yet, the first practice will be monday, cuz we're all off for MLK Day.

I'm practicing then too!

in that case, what do you like, and post here when you got a feel for what it is.
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#14
Learn a few bass lines by bands you like/would like to play the same genre as
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