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Deja Dan - Groove 9 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andrew Ford and is sourced from 30 Rock Bass Grooves for Beginners You MUST Know.


Groove 9 is based on the groove for "Do It Again" by the great band Steely Dan. This is another one of those Latin tinged rockin' grooves with frequent use of that dotted quarter rhythm again along with some other eighth notes for contrast to keep things driving like a rock and roll song.

The first bar starts with C minor for two beats, just playing the dotted rhythm with an eighth using the root C. For the next two beats, we do the same thing with D, all roots. Now, Bar 2 starts to add quite a bit more melodic movement and syncopation using all eighth notes. It starts with an Eb chord where we outline the first three notes of the Eb major scale, Eb, F, and G, before going down to D, the root of the next chord Dm7. On this chord, we push or play it on the up beat, the "and" of 2. Now, we hold this D indicated by the tie, and follow it with an eighth note phrase using D, F, and G.

The next bar kind of flat lines with G pumping that dotted rhythm. The same chord holds for the last bar with us also continuing the dotted rhythm and ending on an eighth note run that outlines the G minor chord, C, D, F, and ends on G.