Bass Matrix


Every bassline is based on a grouping.

The basis of every bassline, every drumbeat and every rhythmic pattern in general is a division into groups – a grouping. It determines the basic rhythmic accents. Depending on the bass style, sound material is then filled into this grouping. You can create different bass styles from a grouping – different basslines often share a common rhythmic basis. And vice versa, you can vary a bassline by keeping the tonal material and varying the rhythmic basis, i.e. the grouping. This is the core principle of the Bass Matrix. Take a look: everything illustrated with great bass examples, sheet music and top view.

6 bass options with a drumbeat

Looking for a cool bassline to a drumbeat? What do “Give It Away”, “Alive”, “Voodoo Chile” and “Future Shock” have in common? Toolbox 3 sheds light on the world of drum beats from a bass perspective and presents a step-by-step method for developing basslines for any given drum pattern. The Bass & Drum Groove Atlas contains all relevant bass & drum figures and their variations – from bouncers to slick & straight and dynamos to extravagant odd meters. And stylistically open, oriented towards rhythm and groove, with examples from rock, funk, hip-hop, metal, RnB, soul, jazz, Afrobeat, Latin. This video introduces you to this principle using the “Sneakers Bounce” – the drum grouping 42424. Again with great bassline examples, sheet music and top view.

Groove Transformation

Unlock the potential of your bass playing by treating the Bass Matrix like a versatile language. Explore a variety of bass styles seamlessly adapting to different rhythms— rock, ‘soul it up,’ ‘disco-fy,’ ‘Jaco-fy,’ ‘Red Hot Chili Pepper-ize,’ ‘Salsa-fy,’ and more, then also in 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 14. Toolbox 6 takes it a step further by showcasing how you can apply 16 distinct bass styles to measures with varying time signatures like 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and beyond. Dive into this video for a clear demonstration, complete with sheet music and a top-view perspective.

Bass Matrix in action. Check out the video for Jam-2 from page 58. A play-through with a top-view perspective and sheet music will be available soon.

Full-on Bass Experience: Here’s a more extended version of the jam from page 98, featuring percussionist Frank Wardenier from the Metropole Orkest.

This is the video for Jam-4 from page 82. A short solo for all quintuplet enthusiasts and those who want to become one. A play-through with a top-view perspective and sheet music will be available soon.