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Groove Of The Week #16: Michael McDonald – ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’

Louis Johnson’s stellar bass work as part of The Brothers Johnson and also as a sideman (his numerous credits include Michael Jackson, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr and George Benson)…

Louis Johnson’s stellar bass work as part of The Brothers Johnson and also as a sideman (his numerous credits include Michael Jackson, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr and George Benson) has cemented his position as one of the most celebrated funk bassists of the 70s and 80s.

Although many of his most famous lines involve hefty doses of slap bass, earning him the nickname ‘Thunder-Thumbs’, Louis’ line on Michael McDonald’s hit ‘I Keep Forgettin’ sees him staying safely in fingerstyle territory. The main groove, which was famously sampled on Warren G’s classic ‘Regulate’, features heavy semiquaver syncopation and requires real attention to detail when it comes to achieving the correct note lengths:

There’s a full note-for-note transcription of the entire tune right here for your grooving pleasure:
I Keep Forgettin’ Full Bass Transcription

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Groove Of The Week #14: Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’

Deee-Lite’s one and only hit ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ was propelled by the infectious bassline provided by none other than William ‘Bootsy’ Collins who, thanks to his time with…

Deee-Lite’s one and only hit ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ was propelled by the infectious bassline provided by none other than William ‘Bootsy’ Collins who, thanks to his time with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, has no shortage of experience in laying down a consistent, propulsive groove.

The line sits nicely in position, using chord tones and the odd chromatic approach to outline the Ab7-Db7 harmony (the classic chord I to chord IV move found in countless funk, rock, soul and pop tunes):

Deee-Lite- Groove Is In The Heart copy

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Groove Of The Week #13: Incubus -‘Are You In?’

This week’s laid back swung 16th groove comes courtesy of one of my teenage bass heroes, Dirk Lance. Incubus first caught my attention when I heard Make Yourself and totally…

This week’s laid back swung 16th groove comes courtesy of one of my teenage bass heroes, Dirk Lance. Incubus first caught my attention when I heard Make Yourself and totally freaked out – at the age of 15 I’d never heard anything quite like it before.

The follow-up album, Morning View, remains one of my favourites – recently I’ve been spent a lot of time in the car driving to and from gigs and I’ve been working my way through Incubus’ back catalogue, one of the grooves that stuck out was Dirk’s part on ‘Are You In?’:

The key to this groove is to relax! Be sure to listen to the original to really get a handle on the 16th note swing feel.

Incubus - Are You In?

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Groove Of The Week #12: Muse – ‘Hysteria’

Apologies that this post is somewhat late, things have been rather manic lately. Anyway, here’s last week’s Groove Of The Week video, which features Chris Wolstenholme’s amazing pedal point riff…

Apologies that this post is somewhat late, things have been rather manic lately. Anyway, here’s last week’s Groove Of The Week video, which features Chris Wolstenholme’s amazing pedal point riff on Muse’s ‘Hysteria’.

This line is tricky for a number of reasons, particularly getting the balance between fretted notes and open strings. Once you’ve got everything even at a low tempo it’s just a case of bringing the speed up and playing it consistently for 4 minutes… Good Luck!

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