Writing simple Bass Variations 1

At this point, we have looked at the theme and three variations. Now try to apply these principles and create a few bass variations of your own. Follow these guidelines:

  1. Use a standard harmonic structure (I will suggest a few below).
  2. First write a “theme” using repeated notes only. Try to use a dotted rhythmic pattern to add energy to this theme.
  3. Use repeated notes, octave displacement, and goal orientation in your other three variations.
  4. Improvise these at the keyboard until you find patterns you like (this is a single bass line, so it should be feasible even for non-pianists)
  5. When you are happy with your diminutions, write them down.

Here are few suggested bass lines:

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