Groove Of The Week #2: James Brown ‘Licking Stick’

Tim Drummond’s relentless, unwavering groove provides the rock-solid foundation for James Brown’s ‘Licking Stick’. The part neatly outlines all the chord tones of Eb7, making it a perfect example of how to actually make music using an arpeggio.

James Brown - Licking Stick

Although it might seem like a simple line, the challenge lies in playing it consistently – make sure you pay close attention to the note length in each part of the phrase as this has a huge impact on how the line feels.