Creating bass fills doesn’t have to be that hard – here’s a simple 3 step process you can use without mega chops or theory skills.
0:00 – When Fills Go Wrong
0:31 – Pick A Rhythm
1:58 – Rhythm Demo
3:07 – Pick A Shape
3:30 – Root Fifth Octave
5:24 – Major Triangle Shape
6:06 – Minor Triangle Shape
6:49 – Root Fifth Octave Play-along
8:40 – Major Play-along
9:19 – Minor Play-along
Extended Jam Tracks:
Major – https://soundcloud.com/bass_buzz/beginner-bass-fills-major-playalong
Minor – https://soundcloud.com/bass_buzz/beginner-bass-fills-minor-playalong
Step 1 is to pick a rhythm. Because even if the notes in your fill are garbage, if you really sell the rhythm, it’ll still kinda work. I’ll explain where fills usually go in a song, how long they can last, and how to come up with a rhythm to fill the space.
Also Phil Collins will appear randomly. Be warned.
Step 2 is to pick a shape. Bass shapes are the simplest way to pick notes for a fill or bass line, so we’ll walk through 3 different shapes you can use on different types of chords.
I explain bass shapes fully in this video if you want to dig in more: https://youtu.be/lAMRqLNo6yk
Step 3 is to stick the rhythm and the shape together. I’ll show you how to do that, and we’ll try a bunch of different fills together, so by the end of the video you’re ready to create your own bass fills, no problem.
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