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Watch the Stay Away online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 30 Rock Bass Grooves for Beginners You MUST Know

Groove 5 is in the style of "American Woman" by the band Guess Who. This is a funkier groove that basically has one chord, E5. The nice thing about those open 5 chords is that they don't dictate the notes you have to play like other chords do. This groove focuses on the popular dotted quarter/eighth note rhythm, featured in all 4 bars. The first bar is just the root playing the dotted quarter/eighth with another dotted quarter/eighth.

In Bar 2, we start with that dotted rhythm again but a couple things happen: There is a G5 chord that happens on beat 3 which changes the harmony to more like E minor. The riff over that chord is a slurred rhythm indicated by the symbol connecting the notes together. To slur two notes, we play the first note but don't articulate the next note with your plucking finger, only fingering it with the left hand. These two notes are A and B. We end this phrase on a D giving it a minor type sound.

The next bar is the dotted quarter and eighth rhythm twice on the root E. In the last bar, we again have the dotted rhythm but yet another variation also very E minor sounding over the G5 chord. These notes, as do the notes in Bar 2 also outline the G major chord. The notes for the second half of that phrase are G on the D string, E, and D. It winds up being a nice 4 bar riff that goes up in Bar 2 and the opposite direction in Bar 4.