#1
im writing for a(we havent got one yet) bassist but i dont feel that root notes actually add anyting to the sound, so ive decided to write more complex parts.

is this kinda thing too complicated?

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or should i make it less complex and slower? do most bands just play root notes?

we play technical death metal most of the time too, but i think that necrophagist is too hard for most bassists.

"The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n"

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
#3
Can't really comment unless we get an idea of what the Guitar line is O_o.
Otherwise maybe try it an octave lower :P
#7
Quote by greennblue10
YOu could use hte root, or you can make it interesting by using harmonies.

or you could do some combination of both, maybe play the root note in 8th or 16th notes with some harmonies an octave lower and then play the ascending arpegios.
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#8
or you could just do whatever you come up with that sounds cool.

whatever sounds good mate, you don't have to play root notes, and you don't have to play complicated stuff, whatever sounds good will do the job. its up to you.
#9
Quote by AwesomeDrummer
or you could just do whatever you come up with that sounds cool.

whatever sounds good mate, you don't have to play root notes, and you don't have to play complicated stuff, whatever sounds good will do the job. its up to you.

pretty much this..
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#10
Quote by Macabre_Turtle
I write my bassist difficult shit all the time. Whatever.


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#11
that was just one complicated lick, the guitar would be doing it tapping and sweeping an octave ahead hehe, thanks for the replies. so i shouldn't just give in and get a bassist who can't play things like that?

"The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n"

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
#12
I wouldnt bother writting parts when you dont have a bassist. I would concentrate on making guitar matirial and wait till i found a bassist who adds his own style and can make up stuff. What if some good bassist comes along and you have to throw all this work out the window because he wants to play his way. Then you wasted your time when you could have been playing guitar parts. Basically get a bassist first then worry about writting his parts if he cant do it. Dont assume he cant create before you even find him.
#14
Root notes can make a good bassline just because of the depth they can add to a song. Just please don't write complicated parts for the sake of it when simple would be better.