Bass Lick Series: Gospel-Style Bass Groove

Last time, we got down and dirty with a overdrive-charged rock bass groove.

This time around, we’re going to get a bit more funky with a modern Gospel-style lick, complete with all the slurs and slides. This groove is based on B minor Aolian, which is a great key and mode for this setting, especially on a 5-string bass, which I’m playing in the video.

The trick here is to make sure you’re holding down the groove while also playing fills along the way.

Follow along with the transcription (PDF download) and video and expand on this to make it your own.

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  1. Grizzly

    Sorry to be “That guy” but I don’t hear anything gospel.

  2. Blake

    And special guest appearance by Marlowe’s cat.

  3. will huggins

    In the way

  4. Cool lick, and love MarloweDK, but this one is a misnomer as others have said. Sounds more “eastern” than “gospel.” Slipping in a half-step slide trill seems to be the bass player’s definition of gospel lately, which needs to change.

  5. Dan

    Danish Gospel? Lol