I usually only sing by keeping the notes on the chords or sometimes notes that are omitted from that certain chord ro give it the fullness. I want to ask if Its possible to sing along with the melody of the bassline while being on different notes within the chords that are played at that time? For example the bassline is playing a melody which plays some notes of the chord and the vocal is playing the same rhythm but different notes and still with the chord progression. Thank you

  • Sorry, not sure I understand the question. But it may have something to do with 'passing notes', which get used all the time. They are notes which are part of a line - melody or bass line, which I call stepping stone notes, to get from one chord tone to another. Without them, a line will basically consist of arpeggio notes, and start to sound quite boring quite quickly. – Tim Aug 29 '18 at 6:50
  • Sorry I might not have been clear enough. I understand passing tones which are part of the scale but not part of the chord. For example in c major while the cegb chord is playing the melody playing cdedc or some sort of variation starting and ending on a chord note but passing somewhere in the middle. My question is regarding the bassline playing chord tones in a rhythm and whether or not the notes of the vocal line have to match the bass notes of played in the same rhythm. – OfficialMattz Aug 29 '18 at 7:44
  • For example f chord face chord is playing and bassline is playing f f a. The vocal is matching the timing and rhythm of the bassline but is playing different notes in the chord. If f f a is the bassline and vocal is playing a a f but same timing an rhythm would that work? – OfficialMattz Aug 29 '18 at 7:45
  • Yes, that would work. In fact, anything works as long as it sounds good. Music is a beautiful thing. – Rick van Osta Aug 29 '18 at 7:56
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    Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Starting Something is the best example I could find. The vocals during the chorus are playing the same melody as the bass but i cant tell if it's the same exact notes or notes in the chord/passing notes – OfficialMattz Aug 29 '18 at 17:55

The rhythms can match or not- totally depends on the composition. There are strict theoretical rules called species counterpoint which do specify rhythm and sonority. What you do in your music depends on rhythm, style, and other factors.

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