I have been learning the bass line to What is Hip using the original recording slowed down to 75% and EQ'd so the bass is easy to hear. And I am able to play the second half by just following the pattern - but if I were to break out of the pattern, I would never be able to find my place again. I simply cannot tell what's going on timewise. As an experiment I pulled the tune into my DAW and tried to lay a metronome beat over it --adjusting the tempo of the metronome to try and match the variances as the rhythm section naturally speeds and slows slightly. I was thinking that would help me understand how the pieces are fitting together over the barlines - but it still doesn't make sense to me. I'm not sure where the one is at all or if it is always 4/4 or if there is a measure of odd time here and there (the way I laid the click out in 4/4, it comes around to where "one" lines up as expected at the horn stabs at the end - but I can't make sense of "one" during the groove) Hoping someone here can take a listen to where I put the click and tell me how screwed up I am and any tips for how to think of that section. (Thanks in advance).