Watch the Basic Grooves 3 online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Slap, Frail, & Thump
Basic Grooves 3
The palm slap grooves we play here all consist of chords that are divided into two parts; the bass and the top three strings. This gives you four different sounds to work with: a full chord plucked, a palm slap, the top of the chord plucked and the bass of the chord 'popped'. Different placements of these parts will get you different grooves. Some will feel more 'syncopated', some are thick and down to earth. Leave the tempo very slow when you start with a new pattern so you can keep the groove the same throughout a whole progression. Consistency is the key here; too much variation will throw you and your audience off.