Watch the Toledo Fire online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
The Ohio Players were one of the premier R&B groups in the 70's and they definitely had a sound. Here is a groove based on their extremely popular song and bassline "Fire". This lick is a 2 bar pattern over an A7 chord centering around the the G to F# movement which adds its character. That b7 to major 6 movement was typical in quite a few funky lines. The notes are played short to create the funky alternating octaves with the F# to G motif. All our notes here are played short but not staccato.