Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bass

Before Starting

  1. Your should already have a completed 4 measure long drum beat in the loop library.
  2. You should have read about pedal point basslines here.
  3. Listen to the student examples at the bottom of this page.

Objectives

In this assignment you will improvise melodically over drums and a pedal point bassline.

Procedures

  1. Start a new empty project and name it “8-1.Last.First.PedalPoint”
    1. File -> Save as -> 8-1.Last.First.PedalPoint
  2. Add your drum beat loop from the loop library. Loop your drums to last exactly 8 measures. Label this track “Drums”
  3. Add two additional tracks and label them “Melody” and “Pedal Point Bassline”
  4. Pick patches/instruments for the melody and bass. Piano is a good starting point.
  5. Compose a pedal point bassline in the key of A minor
    1. In A minor use a low A.
    2. Use any rhythm or sustain
    3. Play for 8 measures
    4. Quantize your bass line
  6. Improvise melodies over your pedalpoint bass line. Use the cycle repeat to practice continuously.
    1. Start and end on the home note (A). The melody should typically be in a higher octave than the bass.
    2. Only use ♮ notes only (no ♯ or ♭keys)
    3. Play a single note at a time (try using one finger)

What to turn in

  1. When instructed, start recording your melodic improvisations.
  2. They should last exactly 8 measures and follow the rules.
    1. Start and end on the home note (A). The melody should typically be in a higher octave than the bass.
    2. Only use ♮ notes only (no ♯ or ♭keys)
    3. Play a single note at a time (try using one finger)
  3. Quantize your improvised melodies and listen to them.
  4. You may make multiple attempts at recording a good 8 measure melody.
  5. When you have produced a melody that you are happy with, turn it in to the shared folder.

Sample Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bassline

Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bassline (click to enlarger)
Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bassline (click to enlarger)
Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)
Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)

Examples (2018)

F.C.

J.D.

Z.K.

S.K.

F.K.

K.M.

S.P.

S.S.

G.S.

D.X.

J.C.

R.M.

B.N.

D.R.

E.S.

H.W.

W.D.

A.F.

E.M.

N.S.