Watch the Lets Get Together online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know

This is a groove inspired by the great Memphis bass player Leroy Hodges. Leroy would make even a bass line played in a higher octave still feel full and bass-like. He also would play some under the radar melodic lines that perfectly fulfill two critical roles of the bass in R&B music, enhancing the vocal, and locking down the rhythm section. This line is influenced by his bass playing on “Let's Stay Together”. We start with F at the 8th fret as opposed to 3rd fret D string, and use the 2, G as a pivot to outline the rest of the triad, A and C. The next bar is similar with a little rhythm variation but again outlining the triad, we use the last note to transition to the next bar, Dm. In bar 3 we play in a lower range of the bass for contrast, making use of notes commonly used to melodically outline a minor chord, the 4, 5, b7, leaving out the minor 3rd, F. In bar 4 we leave some space with the half note and then play a simple 16th syncopation to complete the pattern using the root and 5, and finally E as a leading to the next bar.