#1
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/iimjpii/music/all/play344609

This is an instrumental track I recorded a few days ago. I'm primarily a guitarist, and I just started playing bass... I'm wondering what kind of bass line I could fit into this.

If you're wondering what I'm playing, I'll tab it out for you. It's in G Mixolydian, but I play a Bb in a few places times.

Main riff: (G)
e----------------------
B-----3p1------------
G----------0----------
D---------------------- x 2
A----------------------
E-3-----------1-3-3-

e----------------------
B-----1p0------------
G----------0----------
D----------------------
A----------------------
E-3-----------1-3-3--

Then I play F5 and Bb5. I play this sequence twice.

Riff 2: (C)
e-----------------------------3--------------------------------
B------5h6p5------------------------6--3--------------------
G----------------3h5p3---------5------------5b7-5p3------
D-----------------------------------------------------------5--
A-3-----------------------3------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------

Then I play the main riff again.

This is followed by a little blues turnaround sort of thing, which is just D7 C7 G. Then I'm just playing a 1-3-7 progression in G, which is G, Bm, F. This is going to have a guitar solo over it, but I'm not completely certain what I want to do yet.

I'm kind of at a loss for what sort of bass I can put in this track. I want to have something more interesting than just simple arpeggios. I really need it to fit the atmosphere of the song. So, bassists of UG, what can I do?


Excuse the wall of text and lack of bass knowledge.
#2
I would say have the bass follow the guitar to an extent, but every-so-often it should break up and do some fills of it's own.
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#3
for parts in G
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------------------------0-------------------------------------------
A----------0----------0--3--------0----------------------------------------
E--3----3----3----3------------3----3------------------------------------
for part in C
G------------------------------------0--------------------------------------
D------------------------------3-4------------------------------------------
A----3-3-------------3-3----------------------------------------------------------
E-----------0-0--------------------------3----------------------------------------

watcha think?

I'd record it, but I can't here.
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#5
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for parts in G
G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D----------------------------0-------------------------------------------
A----------0----------0--3--------0----------------------------------------
E--3----3----3----3------------3----3------------------------------------
for part in C
G------------------------------------0--------------------------------------
D------------------------------3-4------------------------------------------
A----3-3-------------3-3----------------------------------------------------------
E-----------0-0--------------------------3----------------------------------------

watcha think?

I'd record it, but I can't here.

Sounds pretty good, although I'd love to see somebody explain their logic here. I don't know too much about bass playing.

Feel free to crit the song while you're at it.
#6
I used the blues scale for both because it was blues.
it sort of reminded me of I will Posess your heart at the beginning, so I tried to recreate a similar bassline. I modded the jazz two feel a little to fit the blues scale and keep holding it down. however, that alone will not do it because there are a few rests in there. I'll try to transcribe it to real notes, so someone can play it for you.
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#7
Quote by the humanity
I used the blues scale for both because it was blues.
it sort of reminded me of I will Posess your heart at the beginning, so I tried to recreate a similar bassline. I modded the jazz two feel a little to fit the blues scale and keep holding it down. however, that alone will not do it because there are a few rests in there. I'll try to transcribe it to real notes, so someone can play it for you.

Hm, makes sense.

Although, I don't really want too much of a blues feel until the blues turnaround part. It's really supposed to be more of an atmospheric song. I like your bassline here, and I had something similar in mind, but I think it's a little too intrusive for the feel I want.


I think I might go with something like this...

E-3------1h3p1
#8
it sounds more like indie with a blues feel, actually.
probably because I tried to get the effect of an indie song.

for less intrusiveness, I'd just drop my treble and high mid, get a smooth thump or boom. the bass tone has much more to do with how much it takes over the song.
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#9
Just remember that theory is interchangable between instruments. Look at what you're playing, look at what scales you're using, and use that to write a bassline. Download powertab editor or Tux guitar (if you don't have Guitar Pro), and mess around with stuff. Use this as a chance to further your knowledge of theory and how the bass can interact with the guitar.