Sustained bass harmony and the Curse of the hit

There’s a very simple but effective technique where the bass remains on the same bass note while the harmonic structure or chords change and vary over the top. It’s something I noticed in Subterranean Homesick Alien where the bass seems to play the same riff under changing guitar chords. It’s a technique common in classical and pop music as well as other genres, and is often explored by guitarists when they use the open E string to play against varying chords over the top -it can create a real dream-like effect, especially if one has loads of feedback and distortion happening.

There’s probably some technical jargon for it but I don’t know what it is, so I’ve called it “Sustained Bass Harmony”. You can have a listen here: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MO2iZyEK4ZQ

But now on to something copletely different. Ever wondered what it would be like to have a no.1 hit? Perhaps the downside would be that it’s the song you always have to play, and even when you’re tired of it, evey fan is going to come up and request it…

Curse of the hit

Curse of the hit


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