Watch the Rock Steady Style online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Focus On: Reggae Bass
Now rock steady was slower than ska and moved away from the walking bass approach to a more rhythmic, sparse bass approach. These lines were sometimes doubled by a guitar as in this example. This will be over a 1 to 4 chord progression in the key of F. We begin by establishing the 1 chord playing the root with an eighth note rhythm. We let that breathe for a second and then set up the 4 chord with another 8th note rhythm using the 2, G, the major 3rd, A, and the 5, C. This leads us to the root Bb of the 4 chord where we re-establish that 8th note rhythm played at the beginning of the phrase. Then finally we have the part with the most movement, this phrase begins on the last 16th of beat 2 using the 5, F, and slurs into the 6, G before finishing the rhythm by going back to the 5, major 3rd, D, C which is the 9 or 2 and ending back on D the major 3rd.