Keep It Groovy: “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band

Here’s a quick and easy bass line to add to your repertoire – the classic tune by Steve Miller Band, “The Joker.” Often played by cover bands, wedding or corporate groups, or performed at jam sessions, this is a great groove to have in your back pocket.

This line perfectly outlines a 1-4-5 style chord progression but puts it in the context of a rock song rather than a blues. It also takes advantage of an F Major scale and uses the good ol’ open strings.

Enjoy this lesson and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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  1. Chuck W

    great lesson as always!!! Ryan is a groove monster and great teacher!!!