#1
im sort of forming a reggae band, but i have one crucial question.: how do you write reggae basslines?

what are some good basslines to take examples from?
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#3
the whole Catch a fire album by Bob Marley has great reggae bass. for more uptempo stuff try some Toots & the Maytals, but also look into some dub like Sly & Robbie.
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the whole Catch a fire album by Bob Marley has great reggae bass. for more uptempo stuff try some Toots & the Maytals, but also look into some dub like Sly & Robbie.


Robbie is probably one of the best reggae bassist out there be sure to check stuff from Black Uhuru or stuff from them as a duo.
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#5
check out anything by bob marley, his bassist and drummer are the best rhythm section on the planet
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check out anything by bob marley, his bassist and drummer are the best rhythm section on the planet


i disagree, they are good but not the best. Sly and Robbie are from Black Uhuru.
But both should be checked out for reggae.
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#7
Check out some Burning Spear and Steel Pulse.

The bass line is THE most important component of reggae instrumentals, along with the drums. The often follow a simple I IV V format.
#8
Along with the one's that have been mentioned, check out Lee "Scratch" Perry (who was a big influence on the Clash), Steel Pulse and John Holt.
#11
Blackbird by The Beautiful Girls


I also like to think in halftime and i also use the offbeat and change between a main phrase and a variation, a couple of patterns for this would be:

P=Phrase V=Variation

Bar
1 2 3 4

P P P V

P V P V

Reggae is totally different to anything else so you have to totally change how you think of music
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i disagree, they are good but not the best. Sly and Robbie are from Black Uhuru.
But both should be checked out for reggae.


i haven't checked those guys out but i definitely will now thanks for the recommendation
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