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Lesson: Funky Bass Grooves and Fills with Open Strings

Here are some cool patterns for you to try out, using open strings for creating fast passages and note doubling.

In the video demonstration, I first play it at full speed, followed by a reduced speed. Follow along with the notation/TAB (PDF).

For the gear heads: I’m playing my 1966 Fender Precision bass (I don’t use the Jazz bass bridge pickup), with Dunlop nickel strings (gauge 45-105) and running through the Korg Pandora PX5 with a drum pattern set at a tempo of 105 bpm.