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6 Ways The Rhythm Section Changes Everything

October 11, 2013

2013-10-11Let’s face it. Bassists and drummers are way underrated and unappreciated. But they are also underused.

So what do we do? We use ’em! Seriously, drum and bass can do wonders.

In you follow this blog, you know that I’m all about keeping songs fresh and dynamic. The rhythm section can do that for you.

Need to keep a chorus from getting stale after it has been repeated so many times in a song? No need to change the chords. No need to write a new line. Change the rhythm section!

FOR DRUMMERS:

1) Go Half-Time – Keep the chorus/verse interesting. Go half-time on the repeat. Check out this video if you’re not sure what I’m talking about. (Remember, the guitars and other instrument don’t change).

2) Go Double-Time – Do the opposite! Move the bass and snare to eight notes, instead of quarter notes.

3) Do Some Tom Beats – Forget the standard 2/4 drum beat. Do something crazy on the toms.

FOR BASSISTS:

1) Pedaltone – The phrase “pedaltone” is really just a fancy way of saying “play one note over and over.” What do I mean? Instead of following the chords, try to hit the root note over and over on the last time through the chorus. Maybe an octave higher than normal. It can really make the song pumping.

2) Drop-Out- Obviously, not the most attractive option, but you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone. Dropping out for a chorus and bringing it back in can just further emphasis the bass, and WON’T take away from it.

3) Change with the Drummer – If he/she is taking the aforementioned advice, then go half-time/double-time with them!

Got any ideas? Please tell us. I’ll post ’em on the blog!

By Noah Copeland

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