Watch the Bass Groove Survival Guide online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Bass Groove Survival Guide

Welcome to groove bass. In this course you will discover the keys to making any groove feel good. Length of notes, rhythmic variation, tone, technique, note choice, use of space, they all contribute to the overall groove, or lack thereof. I will use three common chord progressions and six different styles of music to show you how to create bass lines that get “Inside the Groove”. I will break each style down into 3 different bass lines. The first one will typically use only the notes of the chord and simplified rhythms. The second will introduce new rhythms and make use of notes in the scale of the chord. The third groove will add even more rhythms and use notes in the chord, in the scale of that chord, and chromatic notes that are not in the chord or the scale. If you are unfamiliar with basic chord-scale relationships, then I would suggest you investigate any number of resources available that explain basic theory as it relates to major, minor and dominant chords. The fingering that you will see notated in the examples are only suggestions that even I won't always adhere to, so don't get too hung up on those. In the jam section of each lesson feel free to begin creating your own lines once you have mastered the bass line in the lesson. Don't move ahead too soon though, many of these bass lines may be simple to play, but are difficult to play right. Make it a point to capture the subtleties in each groove, then you will begin taking your groove to the next level.

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