- You should have read about pedal point basslines here.
- Listen to the student examples at the bottom of this page. Be careful, though. The assignment changes every year. These examples may be a different length or in a different key.
In this assignment you will improvise melodically over a beat and a pedal point bass line.
- Start a new empty project and name it “8-1.Last.First.PedalPoint”
- File -> Save as -> 8-1.Last.First.PedalPoint
- Add a “Beat” loop from the loop library. Loop your beat to last exactly 16 measures. Label this track “Beat“
- Add two additional tracks and label them “Improv” and “Bass Line“
- Pick patches/instruments for the melody/improv and bass. Piano is a good starting point.
- A bass instrument could be bass guitar, string bass, bass synthesizers, tuba, etc.
- A melodic instrument for the improv track could be piano, guitar, violin, lead synthesizer, etc.
- Compose a pedal point bass line in the key of A minor
- In A minor use a low A only.
- Use any rhythm or sustain a long note.
- Play for 4 measures.
- Quantize your bass line region (likely 1/8 or 1/4).
- Loop your bass line to last exactly 16 measures.
- Practice improvising melodies over your pedal point bass line.
- Press the record button.
- Start on the home note (A).
- Only use ♮ notes only (no ♯ or ♭keys)
- Play a single note at a time (try using one finger)
- End on the home note (we’re in the key of A minor so this is the note A)
- Quantize your recording.
- Listen to your recording.
- Go back and record another improv.