#1
I owe my friend a solid, and I need to write a simple bass line for a song he wants to play at an upcoming party. I'm more of a blues/rock bassist, so I don't have much experience in writing dance-ish songs. Got any scale suggestions or tips?
#2
just play the root and the octave.

i.e

G|----------------------------|
D|-----7-----7-----7-----7-|
A|----------------------------|
E|-5-----5-----5-----5-----|
#4
Quote by JimmehHunter
just play the root and the octave.

i.e

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

Exactly, just play the root and the octave with a couple of fills here and there.
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#5
try to play off beats.. and what i mean is .. playing on the 'and'.

like.. 1 AND 2 AND 3 And 4
#6
Quote by pepsi1187
try to play off beats.. and what i mean is .. playing on the 'and'.

like.. 1 AND 2 AND 3 And 4


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#8
and HAMMER the **** (not literally just emphasize it) out of the first note of every bar if im not mistaking this is the down beat ( i probably am)
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#9
Quote by pepsi1187
and... thats what you play.

its called syncopation.

No it isn't, he meant you for forgot the last and.

My advice is just set up a drum machine, and groove around.
That always worked for me, it's not rocket science after all.
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#10
Most dance grooves have something known as a "hook". Its a nice simple rhythmic line that runs under the tune that makes the dances want to "groove". For example, in "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-Lite, Bootsy Collins has this really simple infectious bassline that gets repeated throughout the song. Anytime I have played this line at a party people will start grooving to that beat.

The key is keep it simple and solid from the rhythm perspective.

Gal is right, get a drum machine and the chord changes for the song your friend is playing and start simple and have fun!
#11
Disco octaves!

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----4-----7-----6-----5-----4----|
A|------------------------------------|
E|-1-----5-----4-----3------2--------|

repeat over and over with fills and if at least one person isn't dancing there's something wrong with those people
#13
Quote by Kwesi
Disco octaves!

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----4-----7-----6-----5-----4----|
A|------------------------------------|
E|-1-----5-----4-----3------2--------|

repeat over and over with fills and if at least one person isn't dancing there's something wrong with those people

This man is right - chromatics+octaves=disco
#14
try and get a pulse

you know-BOOM...BOOM...BOOM...BOOM
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#15
Quote by Kwesi
Disco octaves!

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----4-----7-----6-----5-----4----|
A|------------------------------------|
E|-1-----5-----4-----3------2--------|

repeat over and over with fills and if at least one person isn't dancing there's something wrong with those people


That f# should be an f... and then the people would dance.
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