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Advanced Bass: Anatomy of a Groove

What exactly is a groove?

Aside from attempting to teach feel, which is predicated on stylistic interpretation and flight time on the bandstand, a groove is a repetitive idea – often organized into two, four or eight bar phrases that is based on the harmonic rhythmic and melodic content of a song.

Often when coming up with an idea, bass players become slaves to always locking in with the kick drum and have trouble developing their ideas any further.

In this lesson we are going to take a look at some concepts that will help you to develop your ideas in relation to what the drummer is laying down and essentially unlock different possibilities that will allow the music to breathe and flow.

Follow along with the video and this notation (PDF).

You can also practice along to this backing track: