This week’s groove comes courtesy of Stuart Zender on Jamiroquai’s ‘Whatever It Is, I Just Can’t Stop’.
The verse hook sits in an E7 tonality and features a number of funk bass staples including semiquaver syncopation, chromatic approaches into chord tones, grace notes and the classic ‘shake’ between the major and minor 3rd in bar 3.
Take a listen to the original and you can hear that it’s not the cleanest bass tone – there’s plenty of string and fret noise and you can really hear Stuart digging in with his right hand.
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