Watch the Keep it Goin' online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 30 Rock Bass Grooves for Beginners You MUST Know

Here's a different style groove, based on "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac. This is one of my favorite types of groove: the shuffle feel. Many times, you'll see this feel notated with triplet rhythms as we see here. If you're not familiar with this rhythm, it can be counted a few different ways, one of them is using the word tri-ple-let, or any 3 syllable word. Each eighth note triplet group equals one beat counted tri-ple-let, tri-ple-let, tri-ple-let, tri-ple-let, equaling one bar.

The figure we see here has a quarter note with an eighth note triplet. So, the tri and the ple is played by the quarter note and the let is played by the last eighth note. The result is a galloping groove with a swing to it.

Here we have a 2-bar groove here starting on E, the root, using that triplet figure for the first two beats and then switches to the D chord playing the root for one beat and then skipping down to A using C# then B. In Bar 2, we just play the triplet shuffle pattern using the root (A) until the last note which is D on the A string.