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Re: How do i make my on riffs?

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Posted by andrew ( on November 05, 2003 at 14:45:16:

In Reply to: Re: How do i make my on riffs? posted by Austin on September 05, 2003 at 21:18:20:

: From personal experience, they key to funkey bass lines is minor thirds and anticipation. You should also add in a bit of half stepping up to your tonic too.

: Just look at the Comodores, in "Brick House," it's in A major but the bassist uses those minor thirds. Same with The Average White Band's "Play that Funkey Music, Whiteboy," or whatever it's called.

: So stick with minor thirds with the occasional 4th and you'll be ok.

: -Austin
hy i'm andrew usually a good riff will be from two bars or four and a very inportant thing is to make it like a loop take for example drive my car by the beatles it just goes on and on ,maybe you could consider after hitting the first note (first beat of a four beat bar ) thinking what comes after (the remaining 3 beats to the bar) as being tied to the next bar and anticipating that first beat of the next bar creating a sincopated
effect(on the up beat of the 4beat) and again after that last note you have just played wait till after the first beat has passed and use the remaining 3 beats to return to your starting point
that way makin a loop
example say you hit an E first beat then on second beat keep it tied third beat 2 eight beats on F sharp 4 beat one eight on G one eight on A (THERE YOU HAVE YOUR 4 BEAT ON THE UP )KEEP IT TIED TILL AFTER BEAT ONE OF THE NEXT BAR and for beat two also, then on beat three two A's beat four one eight on G and one eight on F sharp ..
and there you have a loop effect by being back to the E and you start again this is also called a vamp ciao

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