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Souful Wilson Pickett groove that is busy but melodic ala Tommy Cogbill's bass line on Funky Broadway. It is a one chord groove in E with a lot of movement. It starts just hanging on the E. I usually would play this E on the A string but to execute the pattern easier I am choosing to use the E on the 2nd fret of the D string, this helps me keep everything in one position. Notice the contrast between the 16th note syncopated rhythm in bar 1 and the straight 8th note rhythm in bar 2. They are kind of a yin and yang, a question and answer. I again use the minor 3rd as a bluesy note which is not in the E or E7 chord or scale. This type of soul line also routinely makes use of the 6th implying major pentatonic. That 6 is featured in both bars as is the minor 3rd which sets up the major 3rd in bar 2. I play slightly muted here emulating the flat wound string, rear Fender P Basses of that era.