Watch the Angelo online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
In this groove we take a look at the masterful way in which the music of artists like D'Angelo are able to capture the concept of playing behind the beat purposefully. There are basically three places to put a note you play, ahead or on top, right on the beat, or behind the beat. None are wrong in and of themselves but must fit the context of the music being played. If you are playing behind the beat for example in a song that needs to be edgy or have forward motion it will sound wrong for that song or style. The emphasis on this groove will be the swinging notes as well as the behind the beat concept we just talked about. The groove does not start on 1 but a 16th note later, or it's notated, but could be thought of as beginning on F, a 16th note before beat 1. Then there are a series of swung 16th notes in bars 1 and 2 mixing in some syncopation, bar 3 gets interesting when we have to jump from Bb on the E string to C slurring that into the C# on the G string and immediately following that with an open A to create a major chord. The next tricky rhythm we have is in bar 4 beat 3 where we have a 16th note triplet figure, the 1st note of the triplet is tied so there is a slight delay before walking down chromatically from Eb to C.