Watch the 16th Notes Guitar online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Groove Builder
This lesson will demonstrate the depth of the groove and its importance. Remember that I'm playing with the goal of enhancing a soloist who would be playing over the top. This forces you to listen outside your environment.
More often than not, you'll be playing a rhythm part to support a vocalist or soloist. Your job is stay in the pocket and out of their way. As you get more familiar with the soloist, you can feed them ideas by tweaking your pattern or voicing, but remember your primary goal is to lock up with the bass and drums and keep that groove happening.