Watch the Pee Wee online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
This bass groove is based on "The Chicken", a song written by Pee Wee Ellis, performed by James Brown but most people attribute to Jaco Pastorius. It has a walking bass type feel using the 6 as a pivot. The main motif is the same in all four bars starting on the root, in bar 1 that is Bb, moving to the major 3rd, D, then starting a chromatic climb from Eb, to E, to F then playing a sort of muted F and ending the phrase with a slur from F, which is the 5 to G, the major 6th and ending on the root an octave above. We then move to the 4 chord, Eb, and play the exact same pattern over Eb. We move then to Ab7 and play the pattern using the notes of that chord. In the last bar we deviate on beat 2 to a slightly different motif eliminating the chromatic walk and inserting a slightly different pattern featuring a 16th note triplet lick that is played as a hammer on. The challenge is to play this hammer on and successfully start the pattern over in time.