Keep It Groovy: How To Jam In A Rhythm Section Jam: B Minor Blues

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson we’re going to reference a popular minor blues groove similar to the B.B. King classic, “The Thrill Is Gone,” but use it as inspiration for a new groove. By highlighting the drums, we can focus on the overall feel and attempt to fit in with something creative and different. This is meant to demonstrate the interplay between bass and drums, specifically by paying attention to the details within the drum groove.

Sticking to the same key (B minor) and chord progression, we can use our new groove to move through the 12-bar blues with a bass line that is unique. This skill – listening for inspiration from your fellow rhythm-section players – is hugely important when it comes to improvising bass lines. Enjoy!

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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