This week I’m going to work on a really popular rhythm used in many popular basslines but that many people struggle to play.
Break It Down
This lesson is going to break down a popular rhythm that can be found in loads of bass lines but is really easy to play wrong. Here is the first part of the phrase:
You might notice that beat two is pushed, which means that it falls a semiquaver before the pulse. To help you understand the feel of a pushed beat, try subdividing the rhythm to work out exactly where the note falls.
Move It Around
Repetition is key when learning anything new: be it a song, phrase or rhythm Stick a metronome on and repeat this rhythm using different notes. Here is an example progression to get you started:
This rhythm is particularly popular in funk and can often occur alongside octaves:
Now we can add in the last note of the phrase which occurs on the offbeat of beat two.
Again, we can apply this to a chord progression and mix in octaves:
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