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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

Do note that your question is really vague (and too close to the "opinion based" flag). As many rules, the first rule is that there is no absolute rule. Bass lines are fundamental (yes, ...
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What is the proportion of tenors?

According to this Reddit post, the numbers are roughly as follows: Men: 20% Bass / 45% Baritone / 35% Tenor Women: 15% Contralto / 35% Mezzo / 50% Soprano For males, the ordering implied by these ...
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Bass line melodies

It's almost like you answered your own question! Yes, a single line of music can act as both the "bass line" and the "melody". The term "bass line" usually refers to the set of lowest sounding notes ...
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Bass notes relation to harmony?

I suspect you're coming at this from a guitarist perspective? Suppose you play a C major chord. C, E and G. Suppose there's a bass player and they play C. The overall harmony is a C major chord....
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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

The important thing about the bass is that it's the bridge between the drums and the other instruments. How it fills that role is massively dependent on the musical style, the conventions of that ...
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

If I understand you correctly, you might have a score like this... ...and because there are only two voices notated and no guitar chord symbols in the score you aren't sure what chords to play to ad-...
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Chord changes and basslines

Yes, it's at the composer's discretion, and no there are no Rules of Thumb. However, there are some commonalities in certain genres. Most pop music genres there is a chord change at the beginning of ...
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How low is the lowest tone that a human can sing?

You'll probably find the lowest bass voices in Russian choral music, reaching down to C1 (32.7 Hz). Such low basses are called Oktavists: The Power of the Russian Oktavist
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

The bass line should imply the harmony; normally, strong beats will get the root or third and perhaps the fifth (or even the seventh in some cases) of the implied chord. Weak beats can have any note ...
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Bass line and chord mismatch - Afternoon in Paris

The problem is that the bass player, instead of playing the bridge, plays the first four bars of the A section before realizing the mistake and catching up on the second four bars of the bridge. That'...
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Bass line melodies

People don't normally call a bassline 'the melody' as such, because... it's a 'bassline'! Nevertheless, it's absolutely possible for a bassline to be a focal point of a tune, and it's a standard ...
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step-wise vs. circle of fifths movement in bass line

Both are nice. Both can be (and have been) used with the same root progression. Take the "La Folia" progression: i,V,i,VII,III,VII,i,V,.... One bass progression is 1,5,1,7,3,7,1,5.... Another is 1,#7,...
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Oktavism and low larynx

The technique described in another answer is called subharmonics and is not what the OP was asking about. Pavel uses subharmonics on notes below B1 however he is said to use a kind of "forceful ...
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Oktavism and low larynx

If someone told you that, they told you incorrectly, I can and do sing into basso profundo range, and that's not a correct procedure. First, irregardless of what you sing, you never activate the ...
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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

The bass has the following rhythmic elements the START of a note the END of a note CHANGE of pitch Whenever a bass note starts, end, or changes pitch, it is an important rhythmic transient, like a ...
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Bass line melodies

A bass can absolutely play the melody. It's not "standard," but that doesn't mean an aspiring bassist can't do it. Rush would be an excellent source of countless examples.
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Chord changes and basslines

Where do chord changes occur? Is it at the composer's discretion or are there any rules of thumb like it must change every bar, every measure, or every beat? As L38 says, it's at the composer's ...
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Bass line melodies

It's hardly what one could (or would) call a melody. It's just a recurring pattern - an ostinato. But, I suppose, yes, in the absence of any other instrument, it's the 'lead'. Although to me, it's ...
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How Should I Extend My Range Higher As a Bass?

Something that you may want to do is slowly work your voice into a higher range, by slowly trying to make yourself sing higher. For example, try practicing something that you think is slightly higher ...
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How do I correctly mix my lead bass strings?

Very quickly & very broadly - anything that needs to "carry the tune" needs to be mixed "thin". Don't emphasise the bass frequencies, use the bow attack & main harmonics to make it cut ...
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Bass notes relation to harmony?

The bass stands out as the lowest (in general) note (like the melody stands out as the highest.) I'm limiting the discussion to music with a structure having a bass line (whether played by a bass or ...
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

My advice - additional to other answers - is to play hundreds of Baroque and classical pieces arranged for Guitar or Keyboard with thorough bass notation, there you‘ll have the chords and a musically ...
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Temporary vocal bass range extension

To hit the low notes, you will need to train your high notes. You will need as much support and muscle training for the lowest notes as the highest notes. Source: my experience: I am a bass and have ...
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step-wise vs. circle of fifths movement in bass line

Not a lot to say except that yes, V - I bass lines are good and strong, and so are stepwise ones. I wouldn't consider 'traditional theory' preferred one or the other.
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step-wise vs. circle of fifths movement in bass line

You can try turning this question around and see how voice leading paradigms result in the different root movements. Basic voice leading holds common tones between chords and moves the other voice the ...
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Oktavism and low larynx

I can tell you as someone that does sing can sing as a Basso Profundo that you never use your swalling (digrastic) muscles ever. It's a technique similar to singing in fry. If you're not sure what fry ...
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How do I correctly mix my lead bass strings?

Sometimes when a mixing problem seems impossible to fix, it's because it's an arrangement/orchestration problem. If you have bass and cello pizz that you want to "stand out", you'll have to make ...
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Extend Lower Vocal Range

Just wait & see. At 17 I had an easy 3½ octaves - full voice, no falsetto, down to a low E♭. The next 30 years gave me another tone below that... that was it. At the same time, of course, I ...
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