Watch the Minor Chords in Reggae online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Focus On: Reggae Bass

Next we have a couple grooves played over a minor tonality. In this case it will be A minor moving to E minor in a 1-5 progression. In the first example we have quarter note movement from the root A to the minor 3rd C in a walking type motion. Then over the E minor chord we have a bouncy rhythm using the root and minor 3rd of E this time, and using 16th notes. The swing here is critical to getting the right feel of this groove. That feel continues in the last two notes of that bar which are the minor 3rd again and then an 8th note anticipation into the next bar, which goes back to A. After all the activity we let it breath over the A minor chord and end the phrase with a triplet figure over the E minor chord using the flat 7, root, flat 7 again, 5, and minor 3rd. It's important to not rush this figure which is a challenge because you really have to be patient and wait for it, then lay it back, right in the pocket.

Example 2 is a more sparse groove but just as deep. Note placement, length and use of space make this a powerful Family Man-inspired groove. We start the groove on the flat 7, G and move quickly to the root, A. This flat 7 to the root gives it that minorish tonality. Then over the E minor we have a syncopated rhythm that starts on the 5, B, going to the flat 7, and then the root E. We then return home to finish the phrase like we started with the G to A movement over the new A minor chord. Space many times just feels good, and that is exactly what we let happen for the rest of the bar. There is an anticipation to the beginning of the phrase that uses E which functions here more like the 5 of A minor versus the root of the E minor chord.