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Watch the Straight 8th online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Groove Builder

Welcome to Groove Builder! While this series of lessons and performances stand on their own, the intention is to punctuate and expand on the key learning in Rhythmic Grooves. Mike Davis helps me illustrate many of the rhythmic examples that I present. For the first half, I will be playing bass so that I can demonstrate the building blocks of a groove and how essential the rhythm section is to the overall vibe of that groove.

In the second half, I'll play rhythm guitar over the grooves that Mike and I lay down so that you can clearly see how the guitar interacts with bass and drums to keep things in the pocket. All of the bass and drum tracks are included for your use as practice tracks. First, focus on mimicking what I am doing on guitar. Then start applying the unlimited range of patterns that we covered in Rhythmic Grooves.


This first track is oriented around a straight eighth feel with sixteenths interspersed throughout for a funky feel. Section A is based off of the A minor pentatonic scale and the power chords built out of it: A5, C5, D5, G5. Section B moves from G to D/F# and then back to A5. An E5 is used to close this section which provides a V I cadence when returning to section A.