So, I don’t have much to share at the moment, but I was just reminded of this thread, and in a way, I actually did some covers today. And, I thought I need to share that at least
I had been on the road this week and not being able to play/practice for five days, and had in the meantime made contact to a drummer and a guitar player who I might get to jam with. They sent me some videos of their songs, which were recorded in the rehearsal room (and then they added some keyboard overdubs). You could practically not hear the bass in the recording, but that was just great as that meant I didn’t have to remove it using filters and EQs. So, in essence, these were great play-alongs!
And since they didn’t send me any chords or sheet music, the recordings were all I had to work with. Now, luckily it is melodious rock and the chord changes are not happening in a frenetic pace. I started with finding the roots and from those I deduced the key of the song, which then told me (hoping for diatonic relations) whether the roots belonged to a major, minor, dominant or half-diminished chord. Then, I mapped the structure of the songs, and then started to play along - first only roots and then starting to play more and more to get a feel for what fits, mostly using chord notes, but also trying scales here and there… That was a lot of fun, actually. Apart from playing the “right” notes, it becomes quite evident that you good bassline also leads from one chord to the next - very good learning experience!
So, I learned two new songs today, and developed my own basslines for them. (Again, those were not funk basslines, but slower melodic rock lines, but still…) Will be interesting to see what the guys say when I get to jam with them!!
And… if you are still here - thanks for reading