Watch the Little Stevies Wish online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
This two bar pattern is a simple 2-5 progression in the key of C which is Dm7 the 2 chord in the key of C, to G7, the 5, and is patterned after one of the most recognizable bass lines in R&B, Stevie Wonders "I Wish". The groove consists of almost all 8th notes which you normally might find in a double time gospel style walking bass line. The only non 8th note is a 16th rhythm at the beginning of bar 2. The 8th notes are played straight, not swung. I play them slightly muted to produce the groove I am looking for. There are four small hand position shifts as notated, keep your hand close to the fretboard to help make those shifts smooth and seamless. The notes in this line are similar to that of a walking jazz bass line, using the notes of the dorian mode over the Dm7 chord and of the mixolydian mode over the G7 and of course some half and whole step chromatic intervals to connect the notes.