Talking Style: New Jack Swing Part 2 – Poison

Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is one song from the New Jack Swing era of R&B that has certainly stood the test of time. People who weren’t even living when the song was brand new hit dance and sing to it like it came out yesterday. Two really cool things about this bass groove are that it easily serves as a great warm up and if you’re a little creative, helps you to visualize different minor tetrachord shapes on the neck.

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This is definitely one to have to have ready in your Rolodex at all times! (Some of you will appreciate how much I dated myself with that last sentence!

Ted Gould III, also known as “Blyss”, is a bassist and music educator originally from New Orleans now based in the Bay Area. Connect with him at and check out his new Slap Bass course.

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