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Bogdan Radovic
post Dec 30 2010, 11:38 PM
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Hello everyone. I'm pleased to bring you the final mix of the second bass collaboration. This has been very interesting and I'm already looking forward to the future ones! smile.gif

Here is the final mix : Attached File  Bass_Collaboration_2.mp3 ( 2.11MB ) Number of downloads: 228


Ulrik

Very good take for opening this collab. I liked the fact you featured pre count lick to lead the bass line into the song. Overall I liked your approach here and style. All notes were in place and you played somewhere in between rhythm and solo bass. Licks were good and overall bass line line construction. Technique wise I would suggest trying to clean up your playing. I can hear that the muting technique is not well in place. There are several ways of muting with left and right hand - check out this lesson ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Bass_First_Steps_Muting/ ).You had some note that were "bleeding" over each other and in situation of bass (in relation to guitar) - this can sound pretty muddy. Second suggestion would be to pay attention to the overall groove and the drums, you were getting out of time here and there. With bass you have to keep the "pocket" right or the song will collapse (yeah its a very important role). You can always make it more simpler but tighter with drums and it will sound better. Overall very creative take and interesting bass line. If you could pay attention to muting and making it even more simpler and tighter you would get it perfect. Regarding sound, its was a bit to bassy. Trick with bass recording is to try to capture raw bass sound using the DI box (Direct injection) box straight to mixer/recording interface. Maybe you'll need a preamp in there. Its in the mid frequencies. Raw bass sound (straight from guitar) may not sound so good but its very good for mixing. Then you just add some EQ and compression and that's it! Strong bass sound. Experiment with that in future takes. Thanks for participating in this collab, hope to see you in the next one! smile.gif

NoSkill


Here we have a boggie woogie chromatic type of bass line. I like the composition and it fits the backing track well. Its simple yet interesting and with a driving feel. Good job. I would suggest to pay more attention to the picking technique. Its played a bit uneven and shaky in time. With this type of bass line you have to hit the "pocket" hard and keep it there throughout the line. You will find that "pocket" just behind the beat. You need to play eighter on top of the beat or slightly behind it. You'll see that if you play just a "inch" behind that you will sound much more coherent with the drums. Listen to the kick drum. That is very important. You need to lock on. Try doing some more of technique exercises for bass against the metronome beep ( https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-1/ ) - it will help you get your right hand chops up the task of playing fluid and in time. Overall I really liked the bass line construction - with slightly better performance in terms of time it would make a perfect bass line for this type of backing. I really liked the bass tone as well. It was cutting through the mix pretty well. What I would recommend for next recording is not to use any effects - no reverb, no chorus etc. Bass recording needs to be strong and clean as possible. If you can capture straight bass into recording device - like DI tone - that would be best option. Thanks for doing this collab, looking forward to your new takes. smile.gif

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I liked your approach here. You held to the strong notes (chord tones) and it always works best. So many songs have this type of bass track and it just works and propel the song forward. Very good thinking when constructing the line (hold on to the strong notes). Only downside here I hear is the technique. Backing track seems a bit too fast for your fingers. Try to work more on the fingering exercises like - https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/technique-exercises-1/ . With bass its all about the timing and attitude. I can hear the good attitude in the line. To get better timing try to play those 8th notes even in time and sound. Listen to the drums and especially kick drum for guidance. With bass this is essential and it can make or break the track/line. I liked the fact that you used the repetitive bass lick and that you used the "turnaround" lick only in the very ending. That is clever thinking. You don't want to sell all your licks right away. Sounds was actually pretty good. Only a bit to low in volume. But you set it right. Next time - just try to record a louder input. Thanks for being part of this collab, see you in the next one! smile.gif

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post Jan 4 2011, 10:18 PM
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Hi, good advice, I know I need to listen more to the drum track when constructing bass lines.
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It was fun doing.


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post Jan 5 2011, 09:44 PM
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Nice collab, Bogdan!
Thanks a lot for the feedback, I'll work on the points you've mentioned...and on every other aspect of my bass playing as well wink.gif
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post Jan 6 2011, 10:51 PM
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QUOTE (Ulrik @ Jan 4 2011, 10:18 PM) *
Hi, good advice, I know I need to listen more to the drum track when constructing bass lines.
Thanks!

It was fun doing.


I'm really glad you had fun,hope to see you in the next collab! smile.gif


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Nice collab, Bogdan!
Thanks a lot for the feedback, I'll work on the points you've mentioned...and on every other aspect of my bass playing as well wink.gif
Hope the next collab will come soon.


Yes - the next collab is coming very soon! smile.gif Hope to see you there too wink.gif


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post Jan 6 2011, 11:30 PM
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Very good feedback, as always, Bogdan. I'm perpetually out of the pocket. I have to find that groove of being a little behind. I just can't seem to find it. Thanks for the collab and the feedback!

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