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Lesson: Half-Time 16th Note Shuffle Bass Groove

Here’s a new lick to add to your bag of tricks: a half-time 16th-note shuffle groove with a hip-hop vibe.

The pattern is based on the G minor pentatonic scale. (Note: If you need some background on the pentatonic scale, here’s a good lesson to help you get started.)

Follow along with the video and this transcription (PDF with both standard notation and tab). The video includes a slow version around the 1:30 mark.

For the gear heads: I’m playing a 1976 Fender Precision bass with Dunlop nickel strings through a TC Electronic RH450 amp DI output into Logic Pro. The drum pattern is programmed using Maschine.

Thomas Risell, otherwise known as “MarloweDK”, is a bassist and music educator from Denmark. For more great bass lessons from MarloweDK, visit

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