Watch the Bass Work online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Bass Guitar 7: Advanced Styles & Techniques

Bass Work - Groove 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Andrew Ford and is sourced from 50 R&B Bass Grooves You MUST Know.


Here is a slightly different type of slap bass groove. It is in the style of Prince who is very funky on bass. One of the ways it is different than the typical slap bass line is that there are many more thumb slaps than plucks. Using the thumb in this way gives the bass line a different feel. Also, I am slapping the root and plucking the 5th, normally the octave is plucked. The note choice in this line also gives it a different feel, I use the minor 7th and the major 6th in bar 1 and in bar 2 I start on the 2, slur into the 3rd and down to lower octave 2. I then go on to play the 6, 3rd, b7, 4 and b7 again, never playing the actual root. Unusual sound but effective.