When you’re a bass player, most of the time you’re at the back of the stage, out of the limelight, supporting everyone else and making everyone else sound good.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this at all. I spend most of my gigs doing this exact thing and it’s a ton of fun.
Every once in a while though, it’s nice to step forward into the limelight yourself, and one way to do that is through playing whole songs on your bass.
Instead of playing just the bass line or just the melody, you can play the whole song. This isn’t something that’s very common, so when people hear it, they’re immediately drawn in.
In this lesson, I want to show you how to make solo pieces on bass by using just 2 elements. Using just these crucial things, you’ll be able to play whole songs on your bass – not just the bass line!
The best part about this is that it’s not complicated. In fact, it’s pretty easy to get started.
I’ll also show you 2 ways to go beyond the basics and show you how to give your solo pieces some depth, character and make them really stand out. Check out the lesson:
Hopefully you can see exactly how simple this process is. When you look at most bass solo pieces, you can usually distill it down to the melody and the accompaniment. All of the other bells and whistles, like chords, are just the icing on the cake.
Be sure to download the Tabs and Notation for this lesson. It includes the melody by itself, the melody by itself as well as how to put them together. It also includes all of the visual chord diagrams that I used in the lessons.
I even give a few suggestions about what songs you could try making into a solo piece for yourself.
If you watch this lesson and make a solo piece using these ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Even better, I’d love to see and hear any solo pieces that you make. I’d love it if you could send me a quick email with a link of your solo piece. You can reach me at the contact page.
Just in case you wanted to see the full clip of the song, check out this video of me playing the whole thing.
Thanks so much for watching and reading – I really do appreciate it. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out – I’d be more than happy to help!
Enjoy the lesson and have fun making your own solo pieces!