Watch the Pick It Up online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know
What a challenge to make a groove happen with 3 notes. AWB did it on the song “Pick up the Pieces” and we will try and emulate that here by using space, long and short notes and rhythm variation. The big thing here is to accent those Fs on beat 1 giving the quarter notes close to full value. This helps to make it funkier giving the heavy emphasis on 1. Then we will alternate long note phrases to finish bar 1 and a short note phrase to end bar 2. All with 3 notes, simple yet effective obviously, “Pick up the Pieces” being one of the most recognized instrumental funk songs ever. Keep it simple.