Creating your own interesting bass lines is something that I know students struggle with – one quick and easy way to create an interesting bass line is to use a technique called “bass line modelling.”
Here’s a short 4 bar bass line (repeated twice). The chord progression sounds like part of a Crowded House tune – but the bass line was created using the modelling technique with a Paul McCartney bass line.
I hope you like the bass line that resulted from this modelling exercise – more details of how to do it can be found on Day 22 of Cracking The McCartney Code. Click the link below for more info.
James Read says
Mostly roots, 5ths, and octaves (in 16ths on the E chord). Transitioning from I to vi chord by walking up the scale (from octave below) – to G# (3rd of I and 5th of vi). Quite a common McCartney device.
Paul Wolfe says
Of course – the whole point of modelling!
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Paul Wolfe says
I have to tread very carefully with PDFs due to legal issues and copyright. So not always is the answer.