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Create Your Own Bass Lines In 2024

 

Three Ways To Learn How To Create Your Own Bass Lines In 2024

If you've landed on this page...then there's a good chance you've been through all of the previous pages in the mini series I've put together. If you've not yet read them all, please go back to Part 1 and read through so you understand where I'm coming from. Here's Part 1...and don't worry I'll still be here waiting for you to catch up....

Ok - hopefully you're all caught up.

And now you understand the power of devices and how they're used across all rock and pop genres.  (So soul, reggae, R&B, funk, funk rock, country, yada yada yada.)

I sometimes think of devices as the DNA of bass lines.

As I mentioned in the last article of the series, no-one has codified the majority of this language nor teaches it.

A quick aside, here are some of the benefits of learning and practicing devices:

  • Practicing isolated devices in all 12 keys improves your fluency for playing the kind of ideas you find in the bass playing of the bass lines of the bass greats. (So that's an important distinction - bass lines, not solos.)
  • That practice will give you subliminal ear training - and your brain will start to recognize those devices when you hear them in the playing of other bass players.
  • Once you know a few devices, and know how to put them together, you can create bass lines from scratch.
  • Or you can improve existing bass lines. Because (shock, horror) sometimes when you check out transcriptions of bass lines you find mistakes or ideas that don't work as well as they could.
  • If you want to create bass lines on the fly...you need a thorough grounding in what devices work with what quality chords and what devices will lead to the next target note. You can build those elements into your regular device practice too so it becomes second nature.

There's more.

But let's move on and look at the first of the three ways you can study devices.

Create Your Own Bass Lines in 2024 Method #1 - Self Study

In this method you take the guidance from this series of lessons and create your own study path that includes transcribing and analysing songs. I'll help you even more and list the foundational ten devices of the bass vocabulary:

  • Device 1 - The Root Note
  • Device 2 - The Root Note And Fifth
  • Device 3 - The Root and Octave
  • Device 4 - Root, Fifth and Octave (There's 3 useful variations of this device to use)
  • Device 5 - The Major Triad (there's at least 8 variations of this device)
  • Device 6 - The Minor Triad (There's at least 4 useful variations of this device)
  • Device 7 - The R-3-4-Ch/8-3-4-Ch
  • Device 8 - The R-5-b7-8 Device
  • Device 9 - The R-3-5-6/8-6-5-3 Device
  • Device 10 - The 8-b7-6-5 Device

The drawback of this method: you'll have to invest time on transcribing, on analysing, on learning how to create exercises to practice devices, on identifying modifying devices, on identifying what devices go with what two chord movements (and codifying all 11 two chord movements)...and so on.

If you're time rich...but cash poor...this is the path for you. But figure on investing around 500 hours of analysis, transcribing and putting everything into a system BEFORE your first hour of practice.

Create Your Own Bass Lines in 2024 Method #2 - Guided Genre Based Device Method Studies

You probably know I've written a bunch of books.

I've got three 'series' which teaches the device method through specific genre applications:

  • How To Play Blues Rock Series (Three Volumes - $77.50 to buy from Amazon)
  • Learning From James Jamerson Series (Four Volumes - $90 to buy from Amazon)
  • Learning From Paul McCartney (Two Volumes - $45 to buy from Amazon)

One thing to note: if you're going to go down this route you'll still have to do a degree of analysing of real world bass lines and tying that together with what you're learning.

A second thing to note: if you enroll in the Deluxe package I'll give you a special offer to get the PDF versions of one of these series in a two for one add-on.

 

Create Your Own Bass Lines in 2024 Method #3 - The 80-20 Device Method Level 1

This is my flagship 'device method' course. A quick overview of what's taught:

  • The ten foundational devices of rock and pop
  • The ten most common quarter note/8th note rhythms
  • The ten most used chord progressions
  • How to put everything together - deliberate composition

There are 45 lessons - here's a more detailed page of this Method (this opens in a new window so you can read the details and then resume here):

The 80-20 Device Method Level 1

 

To help you hit the ground running I've put together two packages of the 80-20 Device Method for you to use as the basis of your learning for the next 3 to 6 months.

 

Package 1 - 80-20 Device Method - ($147)

The enrollment is here: 80-20 Device Method

And included is:

  • The full 80-20 Device Method Program (Value $147)
  • Bonus 1 - Technique Builders (value $97)
  • Bonus 2 - 80-20 Song Library (value $147)
  • Bonus 4 - Level 2 Devices (value $97)
  • Bonus 6 - Strategy Session 3 - How To Use 8020 Songsheets (value $50)

 

Package 2 - 80-20 Device Method Delux Version - ($177)

The enrollment is here: 80-20 Device Method Deluxe Package

And included is:

  • The full 80-20 Device Method Program (Value $147)
  • Bonus 1 - Technique Builders (value $97)
  • Bonus 2 - 80-20 Song Library (value $147)
  • Bonus 3 - Band In A Box For Bass Players (value $97)
  • Bonus 4 - Level 2 Devices (value $97)
  • Bonus 5 - Strategy Session 2: Building A Core Vocabulary -(Value $50)
  • Bonus 6 - Strategy Session 3 : How To Use 8020 Songsheets (value $50)
  • Bonus 7 - Strategy Session 4: The Secrets Of Jamerson's Warm Up Exercise (value $50)

 

Enrollment Notes:

1. Sometimes you log in to the 8020bass.com site and the enrollment page 'vanishes.' Simply come back here and click the link again.

2. If you've never enrolled onto the 8020bass.com site before you'll need to set up your account using your best email and choosing a password.