Rock Music News – How To Write Great Songs On Bass Guitar – Why It Can Be Easier Than Songwriting On Six String Guitar

So you play bass guitar do you? You’d like a piece of the action?

Well the good news is that you can become a songwriting power house!

Although I’m a lead guitarist and songwriter believe it or not I find it much easier to write songs on a cheap $50 bass guitar I picked up from a second-hand store.

I never actually intended to use it as a writing instrument and only bought it in the first place because I wanted to record some live bass guitar on my songs and just figured it would fit this purpose well.

Then one day I was just strumming around on it playing a very simple line and suddenly, out of the blue a singing melody came to mind.

Before I knew it I had some basic lyrics and a really catchy song, with a verse, chorus, bridge and a rhythm that just rocked.

I was quite taken aback to be honest because I’d never actually considered it would be possible to write a song on a bass guitar but it came very easily, and since then I’ve written many songs on that bass guitar.

In fact it is now my main songwriting instrument and here’s why:

What all great songs have is a great melody. The simpler and more catchy the melody then the more chance people are going to like the song.

This is because people just love to sing-a-long to a catchy hook.

Because bass guitar gives such a simple and pure note, then I believe that it allows the creative mind more space to think and create.

It makes perfect sense to me.

Think about it.

When you are playing chords then there is already a lot of notes flying around to influence and distort the melody line.

For instance if you are playing an A Chord on guitar then you have an E, a C# in there that is bound to clutter your thought process and taint your melody.

With a bass guitar then A is A, which means that if you want to hum a melody along you can hear clearly how it fits with your bass line.

You also get a much better feel for the rhythm of the song and how best to structure it because again it is a much simpler and less complicated sound that you are working with.

So to all you bass guitarists out there – you have no excuse for not contributing to your band’s song repertoire.

Source by Martin Stan

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Carlos Santana’s guitar playing mesmerizes me….I ♥ him…Who can forget when Lauryn Hill chose him to play on her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album, (he played on the song Zion written for her son). His solo piece was amazing! He actually also designs a line of lady’s shoes that are hot.

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Bill Cosby judge says jurors’ identities can be released – Entertainment

He said jurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:16 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017 4:16 PM ET

The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is releasing the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case.

Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Wednesday that the jurors’ names should be made public. He said┬ájurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations.

A mistrial was declared Saturday in Cosby’s sex assault trial after the jury deadlocked. O’Neill plans to hold a retrial within four months.

Lawyers for news outlets had argued that jurors’ names should be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process. Prosecutors and defence lawyers had argued they should remain secret, saying releasing them would make it more difficult to select a jury in Cosby’s second trial.

Cosby denies drugging and molesting Canadian accuser Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

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Rock Music News – Trumpet Lesson – Learn to Play Happy Birthday to You

In this trumpet lesson you will learn to play the melody to the song Happy Birthday To You without sheet music. It is a melody that is well worth learning by heart for special occasions!

The most common trumpet is a transposing instrument pitched in Bb. That is the instrument you probably are playing. This means that when you play a melody in C-major on your trumpet it will actually sound as if played in Bb-major.

In this trumpet lesson you will find the lyrics to the song Happy Birthday To You line by line in F-major with the chord symbols written in Eb-major for guitar or piano or some other chord instrument. The chord symbols are placed before the syllable where you are to play it.

Below the lyrics you will find the notes to play on your trumpet. In this lesson we will use the note names supposing that you know how to play the notes on your trumpet. You will also find a system for showing the length of the notes.

In case you need to refresh the notes and how they are played on your trumpet you will find a fingering chart here for the notes we will use:

C4=000, D=101, E=110, F=100, G=000, A=110, Bb=100, C5=000 (1 indicates pressed and 0 not pressed valves)

We shall now start this lesson by learning the melody to the first line of lyrics:

Happy (Eb)birthday to (Bb7)you

C4 C D C F E

The first note has the number 4 after the note name indicating that it is to be played in the lowest octave on your trumpet. The number four indicates that this is the fourth octave on an traditional piano keyboard.

I guess that you can play the rhythm of the melody by heart but we will also use a system for showing you the time value of the notes. The shortest notes are indicated with the number 1. In traditional sheet music notation this would be an eight note.

The number two means that a note has twice the value of the length 1. The value 4 means that the note has four times the value of number 1. Here comes the corresponding rhythms for the previous melody:

1 1 2 2 2 4

Let’s continue with the melody and from now on I notate the rhythms below the notes:

happy (Bb7)birthday to (Eb)you


1 1 2 2 2 4

Happy (Eb) birthday dear (Ab)…

C C C5 A4 F E D

1 1 2 2 2 2 2

The note C5 is the C note in the next octave. After this note you have the note A4 which indicates that you will go back to the lowest octave again playing the following notes the same way.

Happy birthday to you

Bb Bb A F G F

1 1 2 2 2 4

Now you have played the complete melody. I suggest that you learn the melody by heart line by line on your trumpet. You will never know when you have a reason to play the melody for someone!

Source by Peter Edvinsson