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Ladies Day - Groove 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andrew Ford and is sourced from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know.
This is another groove that focuses on simplicity. It is in the style of "Ladies Night" by Kool and the Gang. The band had a lot of funkier songs than this one but this was one of their most popular songs and basslines. We have a simple quarter note walking groove in bar 1 that simply outlines the Dm7 chord, the quarter note is anticipated adding some contrast. Now the second bar answers the first with a shorter phrase, a 1 to 5 movement that leads to the G chord change on beat 3 of the 2nd bar. Bass players often get in trouble on these seemingly easy bass parts because they do not focus on the length of the notes, articulation, sound, timing, all the things that make it groove, even when it is simple.