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Keep It Groovy: Adding Grace Notes To Your Funky Blues

Keep It Groovy: Adding Grace Notes To Your Funky Blues

In this episode of “Keep It Groovy,” Ryan Madora features a funky bass line over a 12-bar blues progression. She uses the blues box pattern but adds a few grace notes for maximum funk.

Keep It Groovy: How To Create a Groove Using The E Minor Pentatonic Scale

Keep It Groovy: How To Create a Groove Using The E Minor Pentatonic Scale

In this episode of “Keep It Groovy,” Ryan Madora shows us how to build a groove using the e minor pentatonic scale as our groove prompt. It can be extremely helpful to give yourself a starting point, both rhythmically and harmonically.

Keep It Groovy: Learn How to Play Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Keep It Groovy: Learn How to Play Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”

In her new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora digs into the iconic bass line on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” If you have any aspiration to play in a bar, wedding, or corporate band, this is definitely a bass line that you need to know.

Keep It Groovy: That Classic R&B Tone With Palm Muting!

Keep It Groovy: That Classic R&B Tone With Palm Muting!

In this week’s “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora gives us the low down on palm muting. Ryan focuses on Duck Dunn’s intro to the Otis Redding classic, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” as a guide.

Keep It Groovy: Basic Tips For Improvising A Bass Line While Jamming Or Recording

Keep It Groovy: Basic Tips For Improvising A Bass Line While Jamming Or Recording

Ryan Madora’s latest “Keep It Groovy” lesson is all about finding a simple yet effective part to accompany a song. Here are some basic tips for improvising a bass line. Always let the chord progression be your guide and keep it groovy!

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Keep It Groovy: Learn To Play The Bass Line To “Ball Of Confusion” By The Temptations

Keep It Groovy: Learn To Play The Bass Line To “Ball Of Confusion” By The Temptations

If there’s one thing we know about Motown, it’s that the grooves are deep and bass legends like James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt have given us some incredible lines to learn from. Ryan Madora runs through “Ball Of Confusion” by The Temptations in this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson.

Keep It Groovy: Improvising Over The I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

Keep It Groovy: Improvising Over The I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

Here’s a fun lesson on improvising over an extremely common chord progression, the “I-V-vi-IV”! We’ll be working in the key of A and I’ll break down the process of moving from chord to chord, connecting notes within the arpeggio, and creating your own bass line.

Keep It Groovy: Ways To Read Music – Notation, TAB, and Charts

Keep It Groovy: Ways To Read Music – Notation, TAB, and Charts

In this episode of “Keep It Groovy,” Ryan Madora covers a variety of ways you might read music, from standard notation to TAB to various forms of shorthand or Nashville Number Charts.

Keep It Groovy: Super Easy Bluesy/Jazzy Walking Bass

Keep It Groovy: Super Easy Bluesy/Jazzy Walking Bass

This one features a super easy walking bass line that can make your blues progression a bit jazzier and your jazz walking bass line a little more accessible. Think about it as a good gateway between the genres.

Keep It Groovy: Adding Accents To Your Pulsing Bass Line

Keep It Groovy: Adding Accents To Your Pulsing Bass Line

Ryan Madora is back with a new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson. This one focuses on adding variety to eighth note grooves by adding rhythmic and tonal accents to pulsing eighth notes to provide shape and movement to an otherwise "root centric" line.

Keep It Groovy: Adding Accents To Your Pedaling Bass Line

Keep It Groovy: Adding Accents To Your Pedaling Bass Line

Ryan Madora’s new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson is here, and it’s a follow-up to the previous one about pedaling vs. pulsing eighth notes. In this one, she shares a few ways to add accents and pizzazz to our bass line.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play Eighth Notes On The Bass: Pulse vs. Pedal Feel

Keep It Groovy: How To Play Eighth Notes On The Bass: Pulse vs. Pedal Feel

In this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson, Ryan Madora is here to help you with varying eighth-note feels, to help you contribute to the overall feel of a song.