Bass Riffs?

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TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
It's a bit of a well-kept secret on the forum that there are a series of monthly "challenges" which run, with the objective of prompting people to actually make some music (I know, wierd concept!) with their guitars instead of just talking about them or buying and selling them.

There are a range of challenges, from the quick and dirty through to one that usually results in commercial-standard compositions.

This thread gives the detail.

I'm wondering whether we should add another monthly challenge for "Bass Riff", to reflect that we've got a growing number of bassists on the forum now.

You don't need pro-standard recording equipment.  Some submissions have literally been recorded on a phone next to an acoustic guitar.  The focus is on artistic merit rather than amount of make-up.

Thoughts??
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8745
    Definitely a good idea.

    I know there are plenty of posters here who also dabble in bass and it would be a great idea.

    I'd say that a good way to do it would be to pick a track (even a short one) and get members to add their own interpreted bass line to it (or post them playing along to it) 

    Will be interesting to see how many fancy it...!
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 572
    edited October 4
    I'd like this. Even though I'm primarily a guitarist, I've entered a few bass riffs to the current challenges (knowing they'll never win  ), including my entry to this month's RRotm.
    It's not a competition
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8745
    I'd like this. Even though I'm primarily a guitarist, I've entered a few bass riffs to the current challenges (knowing they'll never win  ), including my entry to this month's RRotm.
    You've got a head start on the rest of us then!!!
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 572
    I'd like this. Even though I'm primarily a guitarist, I've entered a few bass riffs to the current challenges (knowing they'll never win  ), including my entry to this month's RRotm.
    You've got a head start on the rest of us then!!!
    I think I'll probably get trounced by you proper bass players.
    It's not a competition
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8745
    I'd like this. Even though I'm primarily a guitarist, I've entered a few bass riffs to the current challenges (knowing they'll never win  ), including my entry to this month's RRotm.
    You've got a head start on the rest of us then!!!
    I think I'll probably get trounced by you proper bass players.
    I think I need to clarify my capability...  I'm a proper bass player only because I enjoy it more, I never said anything about talent :D
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  • 4string4string Frets: 8
    You have my interest...
    Chief Bottle Washer @ Oil City Pickups.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
    I think that makes 4 (!!!) of us already.

    Looks like it could be a go-er
    :)

    I think I'll probably get trounced by you proper bass players.
    Not quite sure who you're talking to there ... no "proper" bass players here
    :D
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  • speshul91speshul91 Frets: 1210
    I might join in. 
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 1914
    Might be more motivation if the occasional contest had a small prize from say Fender/Daddario/Planet Waves/Dunlop etc. Bonus: Free advertising for the sponsor & higher visibility and participation. 

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  • Shark_EyesShark_Eyes Frets: 279
    I'm interested, as I'm less shy about my bass riff skills than my guitar skills.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
    Might be more motivation if the occasional contest had a small prize from say Fender/Daddario/Planet Waves/Dunlop etc. Bonus: Free advertising for the sponsor & higher visibility and participation. 

    Strange you should suggest that @Winny_Pooh because Mr Antique and I have been discussing exactly that thing.

    Watch out for a Christmas edition of one or more of the challenges ...
    ;)
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  • Potentially interested, if I can find the time... 
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2154

    I'd say that a good way to do it would be to pick a track (even a short one) and get members to add their own interpreted bass line to it (or post them playing along to it) 



    Now that is something that interests me as I prefer jamming along to music as bass is not a lead instrument as such. (Awaits the torrent of hate mail).

    A track would get me out of my comfort zone too......
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 1683
    Sounds like a good idea. I'd have to suss out how to upload a file, are there instructions anywhere?
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
    JezWynd said:
    I'd have to suss out how to upload a file, are there instructions anywhere?
    @JezWynd ;

    We (theFretBoard) has a paid-for SoundCloud account.  We usually use that for these challenges.

    The Solo of the Month works in a similar way.  Find a backing track and then everyone creates a solo to play over the top.  We could do a similar thing for the Bass Riff challenge, if someone has a good supply of copyright-free tracks (across a range of genres) excluding the bass part?
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 1683
    Thanks @TTony. I'll keep an eye out for developments. I don't have any rhythm tracks I'm afraid, I usually play along to my drum machine but that's in storage atm so I'm presently using an RC-3.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 572
    I could create the occasional backing track for a bass to be added. Maybe others could chip in as well. 
    It's not a competition
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 1489
    TTony said:
    for the Bass Riff challenge ... if someone has a good supply of copyright-free tracks (across a range of genres), excluding the bass part?
    In some respects, the bass part defines the genre. There are times when simple, repetitive eighth notes on the root notes will better serve the song than, say, Les Claypool pyrotechnics or Chris Squire high register runs. Who is to say that one approach is "better" than the other.

    Taking Claypool as an example, much of his music revolves principally around the drums, bass and vocals. The guitar and any keyboards often add harmonic colours rather taking up most of the available "space". It would be difficult to assemble a "drums and harmonic colours" piece without prior knowledge of what key(s) or mode(s) the bass guitar is likely to employ.


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  • The best thing to do backing track wise IMO would be to have some really, really sparse chords and that's it.

    Just a looped chord progression, either synth pads or a single strum of a guitar on each chord. No rhythm, just harmony.

    Then the bass line can be any genre you like. 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 572
    edited October 8
    The best thing to do backing track wise IMO would be to have some really, really sparse chords and that's it.

    Just a looped chord progression, either synth pads or a single strum of a guitar on each chord. No rhythm, just harmony.

    Then the bass line can be any genre you like. 
    Perhaps also a simple drum part with the kick on the 1 and 3, the snare on the 2 and 4, and 1/8 note hi hats. That way the bass is free to create the rhythm groove.
    It's not a competition
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 12055
    Oh yes. I love a good bass riff .....
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
    Fretwired said:
    Oh yes. I love a good bass riff .....
    We'll add bass riffs to the set of challenges from Jan onwards.
    :)


    "Why from Jan, what's wrong with doing it in November and December???" I hear you scream at the monitor.

    Well, that's because the November and December challenges are being rolled into one, with a theme, and prizes.  Real, proper, wow-style prizes.

    All will be announced when the current challenges close later this month.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2010
    So, would a submission just be a bass line, or could it be a track led by a bass riff, but with say drums and guitar in it, OR< can it only be bass & drums?
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 1489
    I interpreted the OP to mean a drums and chords backing track to which a bass instrument part should be added. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8745
    I interpreted the OP to mean a drums and chords backing track to which a bass instrument part should be added. 
    Me too.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 1489
    I've already been working at developing the correct embouchure for Tuba. Probably more fun to try Variable. ;) 

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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 1683
    The bass player's lament


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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 11596
    I interpreted the OP to mean a drums and chords backing track to which a bass instrument part should be added. 
    Me too.
    Well, I hadn't thought that much about it, tbh.

    In the other monthly challenges, we have Riff (guitar, drums, bass, whatever's needed to make the track work), RawRiff (guitar only) and Solo (bass solo??) of the month competitions.

    The solo needs a backing track to work, the others are created by the contestants.

    I guess we (or "someone") could record some guitar / chord backing tracks and use those as the basis for developing a bass riff, or we go with the approach of the contestants creating their own, individually, to support their riffs.


    Got a bit of time to get it sorted as all the challenges are going on hold whist we do the Christmas Special (there will be prizes!!) challenge in Nov/Dec.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2010
    That's fine Tony, was just a passing thought. Bit of drums, bit of bass, I reckon I can do that.

    Well I could if I get the time, which at the moment is like tyring to plait fog in a wind tunnel
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