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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.

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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!

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.