Easy grooves...just my imagination?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ccyork, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. ccyork


    Jan 26, 2004
    This morning I was playing along with the Temptations song "Just My Imagination." The notes are very easy to find, but it takes alot of practice to REALLY make it groove. I found that it worked best to use a single finger on the right hand, Jamerson style.

    But WOW what an awesome bassline! What is your favorite easy-to-play bassline that REALLY grooves?
  2. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    The Animals - We gotta get out of this place.
    and I ALWAYS liked 'Stop in the name of Love'

    I agree 100% on your call on Jamerson.
    I have found the same thing, using 'The Hook'
    changes your attack, and part of his
    distinctive style is the attack. It affects the
    timing slighty, just a nuance, but if you want to
    cover him well, use the one finger technique and
    it comes together.

    I also have always admired Jack Casady's
    attack, especially on the JA live recordings.
    It can be depressing to hear somebody who
    was THAT GOOD.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    One of my favourites...I recall listennig to that as a kid with my transistor radio playing as I went to sleep. Pretty tune & very neatly arranged.
    From the same era, I will add "Evil Ways" & "Oye Como Va" as somewhat 'easy-to-play' lines that groove.
  4. Darryl Jones mentioned in a BP interview practising the "I'll take you there" bassline repeatedly.

    some others- "Express yourself"

    "same old song" by the Four tops strikes me as a one-finger bassline- I read on a website that Jamerson played it.
    an addictive line to play- all notes in the first position.
  5. Don_Cholo


    Apr 2, 2004
    "All Blues" - miles davis....you can keep this song simple or go crazy with it, but it grooves with some good horn players
  6. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Walking of the Moon - for a trippy type of groove
    Get Down on It - straight uncut funk groove
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    This one keeps popping up on the Oldies station.
    It's King Floyd's "Groove Me".
    Basically, it's a 2-bar figure during the verses-
    1/8th note feel...
    Bar 1
    "A" played on "Beat 1"
    "C#" played on the "& of Beat 3"

    Bar 2
    "E" played on the "& of Beat 1"
    "F#" played on the "& of Beat 3"
    "A"(octave) played on the "& of Beat 4"

    Lotta space + a lotta upbeats.
  8. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I was thinking more on this this morning and these two
    popped into my head.

    Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves and
    the Vanseluses and there is a good version
    with Mick Jagger and David Bowie as well.
    in B

    Harlem Shuffle [ Stones ] which was their cover
    of 'Shake Your Tailfeather,Baby'

    The version I learned was Am to Bb
    A E G G E A => Bb

    Both really funky tunes.
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Vandellas. ;)

    Shotgun - Junior Walker and the All Stars.
    Baby Love - The Supremes
    My Bag - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
  10. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Martha Reeves and her Supermen

    I stand by my original fuquism!
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Sorry, I didn't realize you were being fuqued. :oops::D:eek:
  12. Bob Marley: "Lively Up Yourself"
  13. fenderbassman40


    Apr 7, 2011
    "Push And Pull" by Rufus Thomas and "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. Similar feel and phrasing. Once I nail those a few time I am officially on my way to getting into the groove.
  14. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Zombie thread? Sure, I'm in:
    • My Girl
    • It's Your Thing
    • Boogie On, Reggae Woman
    • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  15. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Chameleon Herbie Hancock, ba-du-ba-ba-ba-ba, du-ba-du-ba-ba-ba
  16. Jazzkuma


    Sep 12, 2008
    of course, just finding a playing the notes on the instrument will not groove. That isn't music.
    This is a great example:

    That machine plays every note Coltrane played but does THAT swing to you? the biggest and most important part of music is groove/swing/feel whatever you wanna call it, its the human element, its the artistic aspect.
  17. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    And for something a bit different: "2120 South Michigan Ave." by the Rolling Stones. Which, in reality, was a pretty "groovy" place.
  18. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    I find the greatest joy in trying to feel the groove in every song. Never mind speed and technicality. In the end it's the guy who can articulate best who sounds best.

    Articulation is everything.
  19. Jazzkuma


    Sep 12, 2008
    take it slow, make every note groove, if one note doesn't groove it will kill the whole line.