Bass lines are a fundamental element of practically all contemporary popular music styles, and help give a track its weight and groove. In this tutorial on how to write a bass line, we’ll show you how to select a bass patch, how to write a good bass line from a chord progression, add rhythm and variations, and ensure your bass line is mixed to perfection.

For this guide we’re going to work in a classic, funky house music style, but the lessons you’ll learn can be applied to any genre. Lessons here.