Watch the City by the Bay online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 30 Rock Bass Grooves for Beginners You MUST Know
Here we have a new set of rhythms called the 12/8 feel. It sounds complicated, but it's really a lot like our triplet figures from earlier. The notes are in groups of 3 just like the triplet and you can count the eighth notes 1, 2, 3...1, 2, 3, etc. It's a very common pop, blues, R&B, and jazz rhythm.
This particular one is in the style of the song "Lights" by Journey. In Bar 1, we start with a dotted quarter, which in this feel is equal to a complete 1, 2, 3 count. So, we hold our first B for that full beat plus the first 1, 2 of the next beat. Then we have an A, the b7 as a passing tone going to our next chord G. Over G, we again have a dotted quarter, but this time only hold it for an extra eighth note and play the last 2, 3 count using the notes B and C#. In Bar 2, we continue with this feel with D as our only chord, starting with the root held for our first 1, 2, 3 count then again played for 1 and 2 of the next beat moving to the 5, A for 3 count. We then have another held D note for a full beat and end this bar with a triplet style walk down counted as 1, 2, 3 using the notes D, C#, and C.
Those notes walk us right into our B root of Bar 3, which is held for a 1, 2, 3 count plus the 1 count of the next beat. For our 2, 3 count we go down to the 5 in B minor (F#), and then back up to our root, B. Our next two beats are over a C chord, so we play the root C for a 1, 2, 3 count plus 1, with counts 2 and 3 using the notes D and E. Our last bar is a total triplet feel with all eighth notes over a D chord, the first group of 3 notes starting with the root (D) and go down to the 5 (A), and back to the root. The next 3 beats just pound out the root (D) using that 3 note rhythm: 1, 2, 3...1, 2, 3, etc.