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I've made a start on this but there's a long way to go to unstub it. The last para needs NPOV-ing and I think we could do with some comments about the role of the bassline in different kinds of music.

I'm sort of assuming that use of the term 'bassline' is mainly limited to pop/rock/electronic music rather than classical music, where I haven't heard it used except colloquially (ie being cute; like calling the Beethoven 5 motif a 'riff').

Ornette 15:32, 3 October 2005 (UTC)

i always thought of a baseline as part of the rock/funk/hip hop etc. tradition. if no one has any suggestions or objections, i'll get around to adding a new section regarding baselines in the contemporary sense.
Joeyramoney 23:00, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Other Genres[edit]

A Bassline is an important element of post-punk music, with bands such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and more recently Interpol employing it as an integral element of the music, therefore I have added post-punk as one of the genres.

  • I agree, and can't understand why Peter Hook is not in the shortlist of lead-playing bass players. --Beamrider 15:39, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

modern sense[edit]

well, i added a section on basslines in modern popular music, but it really needs some cleaning up. any help would be appreciated.Joeyramoney 23:34, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Please note the spelling of bassline. Thanks. Also, lowercase subsequent words in headings (Wikipedia:Manual of Style (headings)). Hyacinth 08:46, 25 February 2006 (UTC)


  • "This has a very pulsy sound as contrasted by sharp and solid sounds from the lead and rhythm, and so the bassline tends to sound like it is plodding along in a song. Any bass tones in a sequence (melody) that are in the bass range may be considered a bassline. Therefore, drums could be used to create basslines although they are generally classified as percussion. Alternatively if you take an instrument that plays in the treble clef and transfer its melody to the bass clef, again a bassline is formed."

I removed the above as it was in the section Bassline#Instruments commonly used for playing bass lines and does not describe instruments used. Also, I don't know what "pulsy" means (though I like the word) and various other unclarities. Hyacinth 11:56, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

I thought that this was relevant and made a good point. Not only only string instruments can make a bassline. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:42, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

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"Some people have even taken bass playing to a new level and gone entirely solo on the bass, Victor Wooten for example has taken on a new approach that most people know and recognize from his albumn A show of hands."

I thought that this should be in the bass guitar section, not the bassline section. So I removes it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:45, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Complementary bass[edit]

Complementary bass, which redirects here, has been proposed for deletion tomorrow (25-March). If you disagree with this, then please see that page for the brief explanation. If you agree with it, then no further action should be necessary on your part. WhatamIdoing (talk) 02:04, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Electronic Music[edit]

How about we include a brief description of the style of basslines in some electronic genres? D&B comes to mind. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:13, 23 May 2011 (UTC)


"In the 1930s and 1940s, most popular music groups used the double bass as the bass instrument. Starting in the 1960s, the louder, easier-to-transport bass guitar replaced the double bass in most types of popular music, such as rock and roll, blues, and folk. By the 1970s and 1980s, the electric bass was used in most rock bands and jazz fusion groups. The double bass was still used in some types of popular music that recreated styles from the 1940s and 1950s such as jazz (especially swing and bebop), traditional 1950s blues, jump blues, country, and rockabilly."

Were, say, bebop or rockabilly really recreating "styles from the 1940s and 1950s"? I find this dubious. (talk) 13:36, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

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