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"Be MYself Again" by Eric Benet

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by DannyShem, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. DannyShem


    Jan 31, 2013
    QUESTION: what is the best bass rhythm for "Be Myself Again"? (links below to song and chords).

    BACKGROUND: "Be Myself Again" does not include bass (as far as I can tell). The main shythm of the song is a strong back beat, with percussive sounds (accented guitar strumming, hand clapping, etc.) restricted to beats 2 and 4. The kick drum hits 1-2-3-4 with some double hits on 2-4, creating syncopated feel against the back beat.

    MY STABS IN THE DARK: At first, I just hit the 1 (and 3) beats, since the bass adds definition to the chord changes, but then I was completely out of sync with the back beat. Next I tried to play just the 2 and 4 beats. (I found this very challenging since I kept falling back into the 1-3 beats like a horse to water). It felt strange changing chords a beat behind the song. Also, there are sections of the verse and chorus that seem to need hitting 1 and 3. I could not figure out a graceful way to transition between 1-3 and 2-4 rhythm.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Youtube posting of the studio version of the song:

    Guitar chords:
    Eric Benét - Be Myself Again (Chords)

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