This week we’re looking at the cool fingerstyle funk bass riff from the song The Chinese Way by Level 42. I originally released a video breakdown of this bass riff a few years ago but have recently changed my method of both playing and teaching the line.

After watching a video of 1991 video of Level 42 on the Guaranteed tour playing the song at a crazy fast tempo I found my original way of playing the line just didn’t feel right. So I modified a few of the notes and fingerings and finally found something much closer to what Mark plays.

So in this lesson I’ll work through my new approach to the riff and compare both versions.

Below you can see the complete bass line. You can also download the PDF by CLICKING HERE!

Here are both drum tracks used in the video:

Studio Version (119 bpm):

 

Live Version (137 bpm):

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