5 Str Bass Slow Groove

Don't let the simplicity of this exercise fool you. What we're going for here is depth, power and fullness. Depending on your playing style that could range from a deep metal fatness to a slow, tense funk. The secret in playing this piece is to milk every note. To do that you want to go slowly - but still keep it tight. This lesson is composed for a 5 string bass guitar, but should suit any bass instrument. If you play a four string bass guitar, no problem just play this lesson on the E string of your bass (which makes the lesson in 'F' not 'C' - major, not minor).

Low and slow groove for 5 string bass

The piece is played with slapping and popping as you can see indicated in the bass tab. The pop doesn't need to be a harsh attack. That way you keep the notes sounding full at a slower pace. Give the muted note, the 'X', a slap attack too! Keep the pull-off smooth and let that last note hang till just before the bar ends.

Lather, rinse and repeat. Er, repeat this bar a few times until it does become a groove.

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