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Ive read you attack writting a bass line by rhythm then harmony, and i understand that, but my guitarist has come up with this piece that is not in any standard time, it just is, and changes soo many times i cant figure anything out for it. It doesnt help that I am the only one who can read music in our group and can tell what notes they are playing. I have it on a tape and I keep listening to it over and over again and nothing is working out. I need some help on maybe a different view to approach this or something!! Thanks!
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it would help if we could hear it... but we cant. lol

 

Try to make a part up to the drum beat that the drummer is playing during that part. then have the guitarist join in and see if it fits...

 

or play the root of the chords he is playing, if he is playing chords, and change when he does. Or, you can just play what he is playing, and maybe make up your own part.

 

I am assuming that you play in a rock band so following the guitar part isnt gonna hurt.

 

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play as few notes as possible at first and only play an eighth or quater note at the most. just hit the root of the guitar part with the down beat or other strong beat that the drummer plays. It might sound good like that or you might hear some leading tones that will help you groove the bass line. also try to figure out the time signature. It my not be as complicated as it sounds. If the time signature sounds really hard don't count out the fact that it may be two time signatures acting together. like 6/8 with 7/8 or 7/8 with 11/8. Insted of 5/8 it could be 3/4 with 4/4. try to break it up to it's simplest properties.
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Start simple. If his part is so complicated then you're bound to turn it into mush if you don't know exactly what you're doing. I'd sit the bass down and listen to it 10 times or so w/o even thinking about a bass line. Then 10 more tryin to hum some ideas. And always remember that you don't have to have a great bassline to make a great song. I repeat: Always remember that you don't have to have a great bassline to make a great song.
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A guitar player friend of mine once showed me this weird thing he'd come up with, & I made him put it on tape so I could listen to it over & over (like Scootdog says). What really helped was transcribing the taped guitar part into standard notation. To my surprise, the whole thing was in 4/4 after all! He just had the beat moving all over the place in the chorus. (The next time we met, I could play the part exactly on the bass--I actually was able to show HIM how it went!) The advantage was that then I could see where the beat was within the measure; for me, that's ALWAYS where a bass line begins--find the beat.

 

So I'd recommend transcribing the thing, & going from there.

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