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How to Make Eight Common Bassline Styles

| June 5, 2021

In our latest YouTube video, we breakdown how to make eight common dance music basslines.

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In our latest video we breakdown how to make eight common bassline styles. Want to know which tracks we are referencing? We have made a handy Spotify playlist to follow along with. Make sure to follow us on Spotify too..!

In this piece we’re not going to tell you what basslines to choose. Instead, we’ll examine some classic approaches to bass programming, and look at some of the tracks that help demonstrate – and may have even defined – a specific approach.

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This is by no means a definitive list of bass types, and in reality the bassline in any given track may straddle two or more of those discussed here, but our eight categories encompass the vast majority of dance basslines.

In essence, this is all about the archetypes of dance basslines. Let’s dive into this pool of low-end frequencies and examine how they work.

In this piece we’re not going to tell you what basslines to choose. Instead we’ll examine some classic approaches to bass programming, and look at some of the tracks that help demonstrate – and may have even defined – a specific approach.

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