Write a song with a descending bassline | Songwriting Club

Ever have an amazing idea for a song but get completely stuck on the chord progression?

Same. That’s when I like to use that trusty old descending bassline. It can be used to add color and new harmonic elements to your song with pretty minimal effort, allowing you to focus on your creative idea.

On that note, this week’s Songwriting Club prompt is to write a song with a prominent descending bassline. As a refresher, Songwriting Club is a new community for songwriters to get their creative juices flowing and give and receive constructive feedback (check out our last entry for more details).

Here’s our example:


Digging these sounds? Check out this repack to get your hands on the samples that were used in the track. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know!

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
  4. Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Check back in for your next prompt on June 6th. We can’t wait to hear what you create!

May 24, 2019

Katie Smith Katie is an Artist Marketing Manager at Splice and a singer / songwriter under the moniker Lewis Lane.