Author Topic: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory  (Read 3167 times)

Krane

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Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:13:06 am »
Do basslines ever just play the same notes as the melody? I have heard they play the root of the chord progression but whenever I try that, during the drop when my melody is playing at the same time, they seem to just conflict. Also does a subbass play some sort of note pattern or is it just a long drawn out 4 bar note or something? I'm very confused with how to use bass in my tracks in general. My drops feel really empty though since I feel i'm not using them right, but I can't find a good video on them.

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Re: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 03:29:11 am »
So I had and still have trouble with this. An interesting thing I noticed as I kept writing was two interesting things:

- Your bassline can loosely follow (if not follow exactly) the lowest note of the chords that you are pairing with your melody.
- Basslines like to move in 5th intervals.

Don't take my word for gospel, this doesn't apply to everything but it's something you can try.

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Re: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2016, 03:31:35 am »
My guess is that if your sub bass conflicts with your melody then either the sub isn't low enough or there's some sort of mixdown error. Typically your sub should only be the root of the chord.

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Re: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2016, 08:38:55 am »
Typically your sub should only be the root of the chord.

^this

also, let's not forget sub portamento gliding, which i'd usually play solo unless parallelly with a growl above it (depending on the genre)

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Re: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2016, 03:30:25 pm »
If your sub is clashing with your melody its likely that you are using non-chord tones in your melody. A non-chord tone is basically a note thats not part of the chord. A basic rule for bass is that it should be a chord tone.

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Re: Sub-Bass/Bassline Theory
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2016, 03:34:14 pm »
typically your sub should follow your chords, it should be the bass note of the chord (root, first inversion, second inversion, ect) Typically its helpful to either write your melody to your chords or write your chords to your melody but if you try to tackle them completely separately thats how youre going to end up with clashing tones and dissonance you dont want.