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Song Writing/Riffs

Asio
Posts: 5
SKIP TO ‘MY PROBLEM’ IF YOU DONT WANT TO READ MY “LIFE STORY”

Heyo bass community, recently I have had a mind block with creating riffs and songs. I've played bass for two years but understand a good chunk about the bass, i'm interested in funk and metal/rock, me and my friend have a duo going on and we are planning after high school to make music a full time job*.

I'm trying to be more creative with my riffs, I mostly tune in EADG (Standard) and DADG (drop d) and have recently discovered a marvelous tuning EGEG (Egg?) and love using creative power-chord based Flea-esk bass riffs. I enjoy using harmonics for melodic riffs (I highly recommend EGEG tuning for beautiful harmonic playing).

MY PROBLEM:
I'm having a mind-block/stump with creating new and better base riffs that are funk based with rock roots. I'm trying new and different tunings but it continues to be difficult, if anyone has any ways to improve playing based of simple standards that would be greatly appreciated, i just want tips on improving my playing for coming up with riffs, please and thank you, criticism is taking lightly, so bash away and please, be brutally honest.

*You should check out my “band page”, it's a small community consisting of my school mates and family, but we would love the support, we only upload covers and musical comedy
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Marko1960
Posts: 2500
Using power chords is good, which you are, as there's lots of octaving in funk, but use more of the pentatonic scale so you can fill the gaps with ‘accidentals’. I'm a huge fan of the late, great, Bernard Edwards, check him out for inspiration. Lastly, it's all about ‘Feel’, try not to think too hard about it but try and let it flow, it's about getting into a ‘Groove’ and running with it
boppa
Posts: 61
I agree with Marko, it will come, be patient. In the mean time, enjoy the music, listen to it, play it, and let the process flow in you.

You got the rest of your life to enjoy your music, so have fun. You're on the right track.

Boppa
boppa
Posts: 61
I agree with Marko, it will come, be patient. In the mean time, enjoy the music, listen to it, play it, and let the process flow in you.

You got the rest of your life to enjoy your music, so have fun. You're on the right track.

Boppa
boppa
Posts: 61
I keep repeating myself…
Asio
Posts: 5
Thank you Marko, i'll check him out
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1561
All the alternate tuning in the world isn't going to help you if you don't know your basics. Learn a few scales. Also, listen to a wide variety of music. Inspiration can come from anywhere.
2nick3
Posts: 255
For some variety in your funk-metal bass playing, check out the bands Bang Tango and Faith No More. They were the other two big bands incorporating funk into a heavier sound:



IKone152
Posts: 1
weather underground I have the same question

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