#1
I've been recently trying my hand at song writing. I play rhythm guitar and sing for my band, and myself and the lead guitarist would be the primary song writers. I don't really trust my bassist with writing bass lines as he's even a bigger novice than myself. So i've been wondering, when it comes to writing a bass line to go along with a riff, which is better? A bass line that follows more along with the drum beat or the guitars? I've heard that along with the drums it stands out more... but I dunno.
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#2
Both, either and neither all have their place. It depends on the effect you are going for and the style of music you are playing.
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#4
Mix it up. I personally love parts in a song that has a really simple beat, like in the verse, with the bass following it. Try doing that, and then for the chorus he could go along with you guys. Hell, give him a solo or a fill to do.
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#5
well, im new to bass myself but reading up on various articles its a mix of both. But usually the bass is the bridge between drums. If you listen to most of those classic bass line songs its the mix of a entwined bass and drum that gets you moshing, Audioslave and RATM are prime examples with songs like Gasoline and Born of a Broken Man and Bulls on Parade. Just dont give him something poor and pathetic to play, hate those songs where its like a key change and thats it.
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This and it depends on the genre as well. If the Ska bass player played with the guitar, you'd lose the whole feel of the ska song--same with most funk and R & B. But other genres, such as some metal, it sounds better to echo the guitar line.
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#9
I'm a bassist that writes most of my lines [with some guitarist help for being in key] and I do both. Sometimes I'm with drums, but mostly I'm with the guitar.
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#11
IMO, it's way more fun to add some melody to the drums. Makes you stand out more as well. But then again, it depends on the song you're playing. I tend to lock in with the drummer as much as I can
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