Watch the The Way online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
This is another synth bass emulation approach to a groove inspired by hit R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The motif walks up with the chord progressions. I will play this groove with the muted thumb technique to more closely imitate the synth bass sound. Notice how I am playing the same pattern as the kick drum but adding notes in strategic spots. Be careful of the timing on those added notes because the drum machine is so precise there is not much wiggle room for drifting from the pocket. The 4 bar phrase is consistent but each bar is slightly different to create some contrast. I am using all root 5ths and octaves until the chromatic walk down in bar 4. There is a slur that accentuates the walk down which uses 8th notes that are not quite given their full value.