Call and response in music refers to when different distinct instruments or musical phrases are heard as responding to each other. A classic example would be the song Duelling Banjos where a banjo is calling out and another guitar is responding.

In this example we will show how to use call and response in a simple way with a bassline. Feel free to use this example project to play around with.

Here is the original bassline. It sounds good as it is but with a few simple tweaks we can make it more interesting.

Orignal bassline

In your project add a new track and set it up with another synthesizer or instrument with a distinctly different sound than the original.

Copy the original bass region to the second track. Now what we want to do is have each track play different parts of the bassline. We achieve this by opening up a region and deleting the notes we don’t want it to play. While on the other track we keep those notes but delete the others.

We went with the first track playing the single repeating note. While the other track is playing the more melodic part of the bass. This is the result!

Bassline with call and response

Now you can get as creative as you want by arranging and rearranging regions and notes. Add some more drums, chords and you are well on your way with an interesting song!