Creating Bass Riffs – Melody, Rhythm & Variation

2017-11-01T13:21:52+00:00April 5th, 2014|Categories: Bass Line Writing|11 Comments

This lesson gives some tips on analysing riffs and how to create variations for your own use.

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  1. Bruce Cheeney May 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I find it amazing to get this quality lesson for free. You do a great job explaining the info. thank you Bruce

  2. Caroline Lambert May 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark, a really great lesson.

  3. Bob Grace September 26, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Mark. You’re an amazing player and very thorough teacher. Thank you

  4. Brian Sommer December 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Mark! I can’t believe how far I’ve come by following your lesson format. I can’t get enough and I most definitely can’t put the bass down.

  5. James Mcpheators August 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Another well thought out and understandable lesson, even for a novice like me. Any possibility of a .pdf sheet?

  6. Harrison August 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Really a great lesson for us sub genius types. Thanks for remembering that time is tough when you start. Great lesson.

  7. Harrison August 17, 2016 at 12:22 am - Reply

    can you tell me what you use to generate the drum practice tracks or are they included on your practice tracks? I am looking for something really simple simple and boxes like Beat Buddy seem too complicated, too many parts being played at one one. I like the ass drum and snare patterns you use. I am thinking that Band in a Box may take longer to get started with, but may be the only one that would do a 12 bar Blues and keep it to a simple pattern. Thanks. For me an $10 collection of Blues and Rock styles would be by far the best value in terms of cost and time learning things that I will not use often so if you ca just collect a few of the drum examples into a package, what would be great. Thanks

  8. Harrison August 17, 2016 at 12:24 am - Reply

    bass drum not ass drum in prev comment

  9. Stratos Vlachakis November 4, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Beginner at the age of 44, I find this lesson excellent for beginners (!), not for them to follow it or fully understand it but to encourage them forget the pain at their fingers trying to play just the C major scale at the first position. This lesson is a vision for beginners, holding them on the chair to keep trying!

  10. Justin barr January 7, 2017 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Cheers, Man. Great Lesson, I’ve been learning loads from you. Started playing the bass as my first instrument last May and thanks to your lessons I’m starting to wrap my mind around chord progressions and actually playing songs. Can’t thank you enough. Keep up the fantastic work!

  11. Hezi Guggin February 2, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    My friend- not only do you know your stuff around playing, you’re an excellent teacher, and believe me that l’m considered to be “cheap” in giving this specific compliment.. This lesson in particular revolves around what l initially termed “the grey area”, cos it’s not the black-or-white (strict theory) but it comes just as one understands all the black-and-white and wishes to go beyond.. Now, thanx to you, it is my favourite area 🙂 cos all l ever wanted to do is simply play (e.g. not just pulling one or two strings, without the “soul” of it), and now l can really do it!
    Keep up, you’re doing absolutely great 😉

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