School of Rock – Day 15 – Celebration and Reflection

SUMMARY

  • Taking this SOR class was amazing, I learned so many things about music theory, song writing and creativity in general. Even if the class was short, I had a lot of fun, and I will definitely keep working on writing music.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

Composition Elements

  • Learning each part of a song was very cool, and it really helped me in creating music.

How interested were you in learning the leadership project?

    • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

     

  • Your score: 4

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

  • This was probably the most informative part of SOR, and what I was looking for in this class.

How interested were you in learning about music theory and song analysis?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 4

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

    • I still don’t really know how to use Hooktheory. It’s confusing, but puting music theory into understandable terms was important.

How interested were you in learning about HookLab and HookTab?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 3

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • I don’t really have any intention of playing guitar past learning the root notes of chords for bass, but nonetheless it was fun to mess around with chords.

How interested were you in learning to play the guitar?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 2

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

  • I didn’t ever really take a walk or anything, It doesn’t really help to clear my head as it does for most. In fact, the opposite would be more likely to happen, and I would get sidetracked with something happening outside and be unable to focus for the next hour. I did really appreciate the videos, as the helped to give ideas and create inspiration.

How interested were you in learning about topics related to the brain, creativity, and productivity?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 3

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

This is the primary reason I signed up for this class. I wanted to learn how to write songs and how to make them sound good. While I can say that neither of these things I am good at, but I love a challenge.

How interested were you in learning about songwriting, song structure, and music production?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 5

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  • Soundtrap was awesome to work with. I have tried to use other software like it, and even when using tutorials I had no idea what was happening. Soundtrap is simple enough that anyone can learn it in a week, and getting started is super easy. That does come with some downsides, as it’s impossible to make muted strings, slides and other smaller tweaks to songs, but that aside soundtrap was amazing.

How interested were you in learning about recording, engineering (sound effects, EQ), and mixing?

  • 1 (NOT MY THING!)
  • 2 (not really)
  • 3 (sorta interested)
  • 4 (interested)
  • 5 (YES! – I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Your score: 4

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • This class was amazing, learning music theory, collabing in soundtrap and watching videos on deconstructed songs was super fun, and I learned a lot. Boredom is something I really hate, and this class gave me something to focus on everyday and look forward to. Most of the problems I had were fairly small, and nothing really stopped me from getting work done, other than lack of creativity. When Luke began making ideas for the song, I didn’t really think that it was going to become anything good. But in an instant, I just stopped and let Luke continue, and what he came up with was amazing. I am really glad to have worked with Luke on this project, and I hope that the effort I gave to the projected helped him as well.

THE COURSE’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION (OVERALL)

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

The class material was all incredibly informative and was entertaining, and a lot of the information given was new to me, so this was a huge learning experience.

I didn’t know that music could be broken down to such a degree, I thought there wasn’t really any strategy to it.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 5

I really liked how hands off it was, and how fast paced the class was.

It’s can’t really be fixed, but I would much prefer taking this class in person.

I would probably do less messing around in soundtrap, and more practicing and learning music theory.

School of Rock – Day 14 – Voice, Preparation, and Presentation

SUMMARY

Today we finished up our song, as best we could.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

SMART Goal

  1. By July 23, I will have completed a full bassline and any added effects or tracks to contribute fully to my team’s project.

Leadership Project (SMART Goal Evidence)

  1. We definitely didn’t have enough time to finish what we wanted to finish, but at least we have a whole song.

Composition Elements

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • Today I practiced for around 30 minutes, just doing scales and some old songs I know, and got some additional practice in between ideas in soundtrap. The bassline I added to the song was extremely simple, so it didn’t require any practice.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • Today we spent 8 hours in the studio trying to finish the song, and it’s still pretty incomplete. Creating the structure of the song was extremely difficult, as what we started laying out as the verse sounded to much like a bridge, and then after we moved it to the bridge, it slowly turned into the chorus. The verse we remade like 4 times, and the pre-chorus isn’t very pre-chorus like.

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  • Our strategy of using the piano roll tracks to make the guitars, then recording over it kind of came back to bite us. We didn’t have enough time at the end, and almost every recording we did needed to edited, or still had to be recorded, so we just deleted all but 2 recordings that we couldn’t finish.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • We got up early to work on our project, around 930 and started then. Including breaks we took, the morning meeting and dinner, it took us roughly 8 hours to finish the song in its entirety.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 2

I only watch some music videos to get ideas, nothing really major.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 5

It was a lot more fun to write a song when you are having fun with it. Before it felt like a task to come up with ideas, but once we started gaining momentum it was a blast. 

School of Rock – Day 13 – Collaboration and Growth – Part 3

SUMMARY

Another day of working on our song. It’s coming along pretty slowly

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

SMART Goal

  1. By July 23, I will have completed a full bassline and any added effects or tracks to contribute fully to my team’s project.

Progress For Today

  • We have most of the components we need, we just have to take the right pieces and put them in the right place.

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • I have almost completed Hysteria on bass, and I realize that I won’t have enough time to finish Hysteria on guitar. I practiced for 30 minutes to warmup.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • Today was another all day in soundtrap day. We need to finish this song before friday, and we barely have enough time. The bassline needs to be reworked, and I think the song needs to be simplified a bit.

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  • We have been making cool effects for the guitars with different petals, and using different instruments to make dope tracks.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • Working in a team is hard, because sometimes you have conflicting ideas and both people want to use there idea, but it’s important to respect both peoples ideas and work together to make the end product amazing.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 2

Again, I didn’t really look up anything, as all my attention is going towards making the song

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Writing a song takes a lot of patience, and weeding out what you like and don’t like is a long process

School of Rock – Day 12 – Collaboration and Growth- Part 2

SUMMARY

Today all we did was work in the studio to finish our song.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

SMART Goal

  1. By July 23, I will have completed a full bassline and any added effects or tracks to contribute fully to my team’s project.

Progress For Today

  • We got started on making tracks yesterday, but I was running low on my creative energy. I’m not sure that we will have enough time to complete the song, be we will try our best.

Composition Elements

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • We have spent the entire time making new material and trying to create a song. Making a proper bassline was hard, so I had to make it really simple for the song to sound right. The drums were pretty fun to make, as I made the main beat and Luke made the fills.

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  • Making effects for the song will come later, I think. We are recording our actual instruments after first creating the piano roll, so it’s easier for us.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • Today all we did was work in the studio, as we don’t have time for anything else. We are trying to finish on time.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 1

We had to spend most of the time today working in the studio, because we probably don’t have enough time

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Making a song has been a challenging process, and it’s quite fun. I would still say that it’s more difficult than I imagined, very much so.

School of Rock – Day 11 – Collaboration and Growth – Part 1

SUMMARY

I am ready to begin working on a new, full length song.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

Goal

  1. Review requirements for the leadership project Planning & Strategies Form form (front and back)
  2. Watch Le Duc video explanation (if you need to)
  3. Add the information from the forms below…
  4. Delete Mr. Le Duc’s instructions – yes, these instructions – yes the instructions you are reading right now!

What do I/we want to do? (SPECIFIC INTENTION / FEELING / LOGLINE)

I am trying to start a band, so I need to be prepared

How do I/we achieve it? (PLANNING & STRATEGY)

I need to know how to write songs, have the right materials and find the right people.

What is the MVP (Minimum Viable Product)? (MEASURABLE Evidence)

I will complete a song that is longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

INTENTION

By July 23, I will have completed a full bassline and any added effects or tracks to contribute fully to my team’s project.

RESOURCES

Anything I need from youtube, My bass teacher, and Soundtrap.

RISK /HOOK

Playing bass , that’s about as unique as I get. Hopefully my team and I can work to create a unique song, maybe with odd instruments or weird chord progressions.

SKILLS

I play bass, again. I enjoy almost every genre of music, and listen to a wide variety of genres

BACKGROUND

I don’t know, my life’s been pretty average.

Progress For Today

  • I worked on making a bassline to a random guitar riff, it went pretty well and I was happy with the bass line. I have yet to record me actually playing the full bassline to put into soundtrap, but at least I have an idea of what to do.

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

Episode 102: Gorillaz

  • Listening to how they came up with the idea for the sound and feel of the music was really interesting. He used his favorite songs from the eighties to take some inspiration, and uses the idea of a distant future to compose his music. Using only one track of each instrument, making each song seem more personal.

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

  • I worked in hookpad to create a simple chord progression and melody, which I then put into soundtrap to make a simple guitar riff in a certain key.

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  •  In soundtrap, creating effects is fairly simple, but using effects in the right way will strengthen a song and turn a good song into a great song.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I was pretty late in completing my work today, as I went crabbing this morning. I had to sort of rush though this blog, but I have no intention of stopping until I can get to work on this song.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

I found the Song Exploder episode of Gorillaz was very interesting.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

Doing the work today was slightly tedious, as mapping out my motivations left me feeling less motivated to begin with. I don’t really have any specific reason to be doing this, I just think it’ll be really fun to play music with friends, and because I like music so much, why not create my own.

School of Rock – Day 10 – Community

SUMMARY

I had fun making a simple loop based off of a video game, and came up with some new ideas for songs.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

  • I made this loop today, just to try something new. I took a drum beat from OneShot, (a video game) and then added other instruments on top. Not very good, but it was still fun to make
  • I also find it fun to create songs I like in soundtrap, and then listen to only one instrument at a time, to sort of deconstruct the song. This song is show, but I’ve only seen memes of it, so I thought it would be funny. This took a long time and parts are still unfinished, but it’s close
  • The original song below, I took the vocals from an isolated track. There’s still a lot missing from my clone, but i’m using it to hear the instruments, so it works ok.

  • This is what it looks like in sound trap

 

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

  • In order to kickstart some creativity, I decided that I wanted to make something in the studio that I hadn’t really thought of before. My favorite game, OneShot has a really simple, but awesome soundtrack, so I used a drumbeat from one of the songs off the soundtrack.

  • I took the drumbeat and tone of this to see what I could come up with, and it was pretty fun to do.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • In the studio, I decided to take a different approach and tried to make a song that sounded like it was from my favorite video game. Finding a tone was easy, as I could just look to the songs in the game to find the right sounds.

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

  • To add effects to the song, I just messed around until something clicked. I used a synth to make the song feel more uplifting and less lonely, as the track with only guitar feels. I wanted the song to sound monotonous, but still optimistic, Like the end of a long journey. I made the bass and synth notes go up, but the guitar is stuck on the same repetitive track.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • Today I wanted to work in the studio so that I can get some ideas flowing. I made a short loop based off of a video game, which although not good, was still a new idea.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 2

I didn’t do much actual research today, as I spent most the day in soundtrap.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 5

Working in the studio is always fun, as even messing around with no direction can lead to interesting ideas.

School of Rock – Day 9 – Workflow

SUMMARY

Today Luke and I went in person to the school of rock classroom to discuss with Mr. LeDuc how to come up with ideas for songwriting.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

  • I have completed making a trello account and board.

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • I practiced making bass lines to drum beats and looped guitar riffs. Most of it wasn’t good, but it was still fun to mess around

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

Working in hookpad, I can create songs in the key that I want translate those to soundtrap, where I can record with actual instruments to make songs.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • I worked with Luke today to try to come up with good ideas for a song
  • We uploaded some drum loops and other riffs and played along until we ran out of energy.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • Today Luke and I went in person to the classroom, and got good advice for how to start coming up with ideas for writing songs. I didn’t really have all that much time to finish this blog post as I got home late and had to do chores.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

All the material was the same from yesterday, so not much new.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

Not including the in person conversations, today was fairly average.

School of Rock – Day 8 – Leadership

SUMMARY

I learned a lot today about chord progression and how to find the right chords to play in a song. 

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

I would also like to work in a group with Luke, while I work on bass, with a bass guitar. If anybody else wants to join us they’re welcome to.

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

Master of puppets is so brilliant because how it changes the time signature and uses multiple guitar tracks to create diversity and a sense of hopelessness that forms the tone of the song

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

Determining if an idea is a good or bad idea tends to be more important that finding an idea in the first place. Following a bad idea will exhaust your creative output and leave you something you are unhappy with in the end.  Finding ideas is challenging, so looking out for the good ideas is the best way to insure a quality product.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

  • Three rules : Using one or two chords per bar, 4 chords total and voice leading
  • Listen to what you are writing
  • Two chords per bar – Listen to the melody, find the bass note, and filling in the chords
  • 4 Chords total – Figure out which key you’re in, start with bass notes and fill in the bass notes
  • Voice leading – Do not have the bass do voice leading, stick to the same number of notes in your chords, and move notes stepwise, minimize jumps.

This series of videos was very informational, and helped to show how to start writing songs. It gave information about how to find the chords for your songs, how to pace the songs and more on chord progression.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

I learned all about how to find the right chords for a song, how to utilize those chords to make the song have a certain mood, and how other songs utilize these techniques too. I was difficult to correctly portion the work, but I did finish everything I wanted to, so that’s a positive.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

The videos were all very helpful, and a step in the right direction to songwriting for me.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

It was nice to be able to choose what I wanted to work on, but finding the write amount of work is difficult. I feel like I didn’t give myself enough work today, so tomorrow I will just add on more

School of Rock – Day 7 – Planning and Pathways

SUMMARY

Today I did a lot of studying how to make the tone and mood right in a song. Using different chords to create effects and how each chords sounds is an important part of making music.

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

Holistic Songwriting by Friedemann Findeisen

Screenshot from Holistic Songwriting’s Channel at YouTube

An Example: The Swift Formula – One Note Melodies

From Holistic Songwriting’s How Taylor Swift Writes Melodies at YouTube
From Holistic Songwriting’s How Taylor Swift Writes Melodies at YouTube
From Holistic Songwriting’s How Taylor Swift Writes Melodies at YouTube
    • Muse How Muse (Doesn’t?) Write A Chord Progression | Artists Series S2E3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLmtj-1CGo

Muse uses a lot of modified chords and triads to increase tension and create a sense of grand-ness to their work.

How interested in learning more about music theory and song analysis?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 3

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

Screenshot of Lyrics Melody and Chord Progressions from HookTab at YouTube

The chord progression is very important, and the melody is the main portion of the song. Starting with a good chord progression will insure that you have a solid foundation to create a song

How interested in learning more about HookLab and HookTab?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 2

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

Screenshot from Mary Spender’s YouTube Channel

Powerful advice from 10 Professional Musicians you need to hear

Screenshot from JustinGuitar.comScreenshot from JustinGuitar.com

Practicing for an hour a day is probably a good idea, but I half to split that hour between guitar and bass. Since I am gonna stick with the bass, I generally prioritize bass over guitar. Guitar is helping me to learn songwriting though, and how chord progression works

How interested in learning more about playing the guitar?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 3

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

Screenshot from Jane McGonigal’s SuperBetter TED Talk on YouTube

The game that can give you 10 extra years of life.

The four kinds of resilience:

  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Emotional

 

How interested in these topics about the brain, creativity, and productivity?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 4

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

Screenshot from Holistic Songwriting at YouTube
Screenshot from Holistic Songwriting at YouTube

Do THIS with every song you write | Hit Song Architect S1E3

As much as this method is sure to make a good pop song, it’s still better to make unique songs and create new styles.

How interested in songwriting, song structure, and music production?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 3

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

Soundtrap mixing and publishing at Clark Eagling’s YouTube Channel

I have been messing around in soundtrap to have the majority of it mastered. Making small adjustments to songs is very important, as they can change the tone and mood of the song

How interested in recording, engineering (sound effects, EQ), and mixing?

    • 1 (YUCK!)
    • 2 (not really)
    • 3 (sorta interested)
    • 4 (interested)
    • 5 (YES!)

Your score: 2

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

I spent a lot of time in the classroom portion, just exploring different musicians and how they make their signature tone. Today was a relatively easy day, so mostly practicing and watching videos.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

Rating everything that we were doing was pretty monotonous, but the videos were entertaining and informational

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Looking into how artists create a signature tone in their songs, and how to create that tone was very interesting.

School of Rock – Day 6 – Bass Basics

SUMMARY

Learning how to create bass lines that add to the structure of the song and build on the melody has made this probably my favorite day of work.

CLASSROOM

Watch How Bass Works (47 minutes)

  • Tonality is what makes western music sound different than other genres
  • Contrary bass lines are when the bass goes up, but the melody goes down
  • Walking bass is when the bass follows scales up and down the neck
  • Chromatic scale
  • Ground bass is a repetitive bassline that stays the same through the song
  • Inversion makes chords that are flipped around sound like new chords
  • The synth revolutionized the base in modern music

LAB

How to write Chromatic Notes in Hookpad

screenshot from HookTab

3 ways to use Hookpad’s MIDI drag-drop feature 

Screenshot from HookLab

Making a bassline was fairly easy, and something I have done many times. It’s cool that you can make basslines in Hookpad, but it’s easier in my opinion to work with the piano roll in soundtrap for ideas.

PRACTICE ROOM

How To Add Bass Notes

Screenshot from Tomas Michaud video

guitar TABS for his exercise

Oddly enough, I think this was easier for me than strumming like a drum, probably because I have more knowledge prior. I will say that I enjoy base more than playing guitar, as I am not incredibly creative, and I like working with a beat and creating rhythmic and structural bass.

Profile in Excellence

Screenshot from Polyphonic at YouTube

Carol Kaye

Profile in Excellence

Image from Wikipedia

James Jamerson

OUTSIDE / JOURNAL / IDEAS

Quizlet on Bass Composition Techniques flashcards

  • Some of my favorite bass lines are are very unique, and tend to be the focal point of the song. From Creedence Clearwater Revival, Down on the Corner has one of my favorite basslines of all time, and even for how simple it is, its amazing and super catchy. Hysteria also has a great bassline, just for the complexity and speed.
  • Listening to both James Jamerson and Carol Kaye you can feel the depth of the bass, and just how important bass is to a song. Lots of people write of electric basses in rock and metal songs as not important, and only once they hear a song played without bass that they realize what bass does to a song. Yes, basslines can be quite simple, and not really contribute much other than some tone, but when done right bass can make an average song into something much greater.
Screenshot from Quizlet Bass Composition Techniques

I haven’t heard of a single term here, I need to do more research.

STUDIO

I am going to work on a new song with Luke starting today, and I am excited to see where this ends up. I have an idea to create a generic song thats really simple, but overall catchy and a nice relaxed song

CONTROL ROOM

Recording the bass wasn’t an issue, although I found that playing with your fingers on bass doesn’t pick up the recording that well. Definitely better than guitar, but still I don’t know how to use a pick properly.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Today was a fun day, as I learned more about my favorite aspect of music. Exploring James Jamerson and his work was also very helpful in giving me more insight to good basslines and how they work.

ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Learning about the history of basslines and great bass player like James Jamerson was very interesting.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Making a bassline was pretty fun, but I already do that on my own time, so not really new. Again, learning about great bass players was also really interesting content/