Watch the Drivin' Blind online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 30 Rock Bass Grooves for Beginners You MUST Know
This groove is similar to the song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive. This medium tempo 2-bar phrase is an open melodic bass line that uses quite a bit of the range of the bass going from low G on the E string up to D at the 7th fret of the G string. The drum pattern with no snare allows for the bass line to really sing out.
We begin with a quarter note playing the root A on the E string and then jump up to the octave on beat 2. We hold this A all the way up until the eighth note leading note, E on the D string, that sets up the next bar which is a quarter note on G (the root), which can be open or at the 5th fret of the D string. Next, we have another rhythm on Beat 2, but this time it is two eighth notes, with the first, D, serving as the 5 of G and the next one (D) serving as the root to the next chord, which anticipates beat 3. We again hold this note all the way up until our final eighth note passing tone, E, which leads us back to the beginning of the phrase.