Watch the Essentials: Rock Bass Grooves online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Essentials: Rock Bass Grooves

Hi, I'm Stu Hamm and welcome to Essentials: Rock Bass Grooves. The role of the bass player in the rock setting is critical; you have to lock up with the drummer rhythmically to establish the groove and at the same time provide a harmonic foundation for the vocalist and other instruments to play off of. In this edition of Essentials, we'll jump right into the playing and work through ten rock grooves, ranging from a variety of keys and subgenres.

I'll perform every piece and break it down for you, pointing out every technique you need to know, and of course you'll have all the standard notation, tabs, and jam tracks included as well. So grab your bass and let's get started!