If you're having trouble creating basslines, or want a fresh take, this tutorial explores useful concepts every producer should consider when creating a bassline, regardless of the musical style.  
Fig 1 The Bass is a key part of any arrangement

Roots and Inversions 

Bass makes the chord

The Rhythm of the Bass 

With the Kick?

The Groove

Arpeggiated Basslines

Fig 2 Both played and sequenced bass parts can create more interesting progressions made up of notes from the song’s chords (in addition to Roots)

Riffs/Walking Basslines/Melodic Bass

The Lowdown

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More


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