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Keep It Groovy: Create A Funky Groove Using Just Two Notes

Keep It Groovy: Create A Funky Groove Using Just Two Notes

In this “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora discuss how to improvise a simple groove with just two notes. By playing a note multiple times, adding in dead notes, or creating a “note sandwich,” we can start simple and slowly add in the funk.

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Keep It Groovy: Building A Groove With Minor Triads

Keep It Groovy: Building A Groove With Minor Triads

In this Keep It Groovy lesson, Ryan Madora covers how to create a simple bass line using minor triads. Taking inspiration from the drum groove, we can find a rhythm that works, apply the arpeggio, and create a simple yet effective groove!

Keep It Groovy: All About That Bass

Keep It Groovy: All About That Bass

We’re all about that bass, and Ryan Madora’s latest “Keep It Groovy” breaks down the song in this lesson. Not only is this a fun tune to play, but it outlines a classic chord progression, the “ii-V-I.”

Keep It Groovy: Fast, Box Shuffle a la “I’m Tore Down”

Keep It Groovy: Fast, Box Shuffle a la “I’m Tore Down”

In this bass lesson, Ryan Madora keeps it groovy with a fast-paced shuffle pattern that takes advantage of the “blues box.”

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

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

In this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, Ryan Madora covers a quick and easy bass line to add to your repertoire – Steve Miller Band’s classic tune, “The Joker.” This line perfectly outlines a 1-4-5 chord progression in the context of a rock song.

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 2

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of Ryan Madora’s “Blues Endings” bass lesson series. Here are a few more options that you can use when listening to, learning, or jamming a blues.

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1

Ryan Madora kicks off a new two-part “Keep It Groovy” lesson series today, focusing on a handful of common blues endings to help you tie up the loose ends and land on the one with the rest of the band.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To Lady Marmalade

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To Lady Marmalade

Today we’re keeping it groovy by learning the classic funk bass line to LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” Ryan Madora walks us through a simple part that perfectly outlines the harmony and creates a particularly memorable and easy-to-play bass line.

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues

In this new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora takes a look at a fast, funky blues with the Albert Collins tune, “Honey, Hush.” It’s a fun groove to add to your arsenal for any time you’re called upon to play a fast, funky blues.

Keep It Groovy: Finding The One, Four, Five

Keep It Groovy: Finding The One, Four, Five

One of the most common phrases spoken at a jam session is “it’s just a one, four, five!” Long story short, it’s a very helpful hint... if we know how to find our ones, fours, and fives.

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”

Today we feature another blues bass lesson with the classic Muddy Waters tune, “Got My Mojo Working.” We’ll follow a classic 12-bar blues progression and use a quintessential descending line for the turnaround at the end of the progression. This is definitely a must-know tune if you want to get into the blues.

Keep It Groovy: How to Play a B.B. King Shuffle

Keep It Groovy: How to Play a B.B. King Shuffle

This “Keep It Groovy” lesson takes you through one of her favorite B.B. King shuffles, “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss.” This is known as a medium shuffle—not too fast and not too slow. It’s just right!