Composing a bassline

In this lesson, you will explore what makes a stylistic bass line. You will learn how to create your own bass line using the chords from Pachelbel's Canon, and build your confidence in inputting this into a Digital Audio Workstation.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.What is a triad?

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Q2.What are the primary triads?

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Q3.What are the primary triads in D major?

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Q4.What are the secondary triads?

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Q5.What is an inversion?

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Q6.Which of these is an inversion of a D major chord?

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Q7.What do you do when you spread a chord?

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Q8.What is the basso continuo?

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Q9.Who plays the basso continuo?

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Q10.What part of the basso contino does the cello/bass viol play?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Q1.What is a triad?

1/10

Q2.What are the primary triads?

2/10

Q3.What are the primary triads in D major?

3/10

Q4.What are the secondary triads?

4/10

Q5.What is an inversion?

5/10

Q6.Which of these is an inversion of a D major chord?

6/10

Q7.What do you do when you spread a chord?

7/10

Q8.What is the basso continuo?

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Q9.Who plays the basso continuo?

9/10

Q10.What part of the basso contino does the cello/bass viol play?

10/10

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Quiz:

How can we create a successful bass line?

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Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

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Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Q1.What is a chord?

1/10

Q2.What is a triad?

2/10

Q3.What are the primary triads?

3/10

Q4.What is a bassline?

4/10

Q5.What are the primary triads in D major?

5/10

Q6.What are the secondary triads?

6/10

Q7.How do you create a basic bassline?

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Q8.How could you vary a bassline?

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Q9.What is a passing note?

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Q10.What would a suitable passing note be to move between C and A?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How can we create a successful bass line?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Q1.What is a chord?

1/10

Q2.What is a triad?

2/10

Q3.What are the primary triads?

3/10

Q4.What is a bassline?

4/10

Q5.What are the primary triads in D major?

5/10

Q6.What are the secondary triads?

6/10

Q7.How do you create a basic bassline?

7/10

Q8.How could you vary a bassline?

8/10

Q9.What is a passing note?

9/10

Q10.What would a suitable passing note be to move between C and A?

10/10

Lesson summary: Composing a bassline

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