Refill by elle varner one of the first things that

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“Refill” by Elle Varner One of the first things that should pop out to you right away is how the bass is locked in so closely with the kick that it actually becomes the kick pattern! The bass sound has a slight “click” to its attack so it sounds like a kick drum sound, but the bass line has become the kick itself in this track. Pretty neat trick. It’s not uncommon for bass lines that lock in with the kick to be pretty straight-forward, harmonically; meaning, you’ll often find these kinds of bass lines playing mostly chord roots with a few notes bouncing around the harmony. Check out these other tracks where the bass line and the kick pattern stay synced up almost exclusively. “Turn All The Lights On” T-Pain feat. Ne-Yo “Mo Money Mo Problems” Notorious B.I.G. “Life is Better” Q-Tip, Norah Jones The Bass as an Additional Rhythmic Texture The other way bass lines can by used rhythmically is to have the bass line actually create an additional rhythm line in the beat. These usually aren’t locked in with the kick, but instead introduce a completely new rhythmic idea. Sometimes it can be tough to hear the bass as a harmonic instrument when it’s functioning in a purely rhythmic function. This is because the bass line is almost used as a percussive effect. It’s not unusual to heard slaps and pops (like in funk and disco), or - in the case of electronic music - distorted, heavily synthesized sound. Chapter 3: The Bass MPR-130, Music Composition Programming - Beat Making Page 33 of 65
Listen to how the bass is used in “Jump” by Flo Rida . The bass uses an extremely aggressive synthesizer sound that bends (portamento) from E1 down to E0 (as seen on a MIDI piano roll). It looks like this in standard notation: “Jump” by Flo Rida Take a listen to these tracks that feature rhythmic bass lines. Note how the styles range from dubstep and old-school hip-hop to rock and funk. Rhythmic bass lines are found in many, many styles. “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” - Skrillex “The Humpty Dance” Digital Underground “Tommy the Cat” Primus “Shine it On” - Sly and the Family Stone Guidelines for Rhythmic Bass Lines Here are some quick guidelines to help you write some good, rhythmic bass lines. Keep in mind, these are just guidelines, and not hard and fast rules. If your beat works by bending some of these, then good on you! 1. If you’re wanting to support the drums, lock in your bass line with your kick pattern. 2. If you’re wanting to create additional rhythmic textures, make sure your new bass rhythms are complimenting your groove and not stepping all over it. 3. Don’t overuse a rhythmic effect (like pitch bends, slaps, or pops). Too much and it could take away from the uniqueness of the effect or you could end up with a track that just sounds like a bunch or random sounds with no real musical cohesion.

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