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Groove Categories

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Learn how to groove and solo along with the band in practically every style of music!

Bassics

EASY

If you’re new to the bass (or even if you aren’t!), the Easy category will have you playing simple blues patterns, rock grooves and more, all certain to build your confidence as a bass player. These selections are easy to play, while musically enjoyable. Perfect for beginners, as well as an excellent review for more advanced players!

Bassics

BASSICS

In the "Bassics" (BSX) category, you’ll be playing several rock, metal, blues, and Latin grooves, all the while improving your chromatic runs, major and minor scales and arpeggios, pentatonics, and string crossings. This category directly addresses some of the fundamental bass techniques you need to be able to play, all in a musically-oriented fashion.

Latin

SCALES & THEORY

You will dramatically improve your chops and overall command of the bass by practicing the selections in this category! We’ll also talk about the meaning behind the notes as we get into some basic music theory and discuss why certain notes are “more right” than others!

Jazz & Blues

JAZZ & BLUES

The Jazz & Blues (JZB) category has lots of shuffles, swing, triplets, walking bass lines and “kicks,” in both major and minor keys. While each selection sounds great on the electric bass, some examples are ideally suited to the upright, as well. As in all categories throughout the Groove Library, when you jam along with the band, you’re free to practice either the groove or the solo – or both!

Rock & Metal

ROCK & METAL

The Rock & Metal (R&M) category covers a wide range of the rock repertoire, from the easy beats and doo-wop lines of rock’s early days to driving 8th-note rhythms and hard-core heavy metal grooves. This category will strengthen your major and minor scale patterns, arpeggios and string crossings and illustrate a few "tricks" for moving in and out of different musical ranges on the fingerboard. As with all selections throughout the Groove Library, when playing along with the band, you can practice either the groove or the solo. You’ll learn to inject the appropriate personality for each rock style, too!

Funk/R&B

FUNK & R&B

The Funk/R&B (FRB) category covers some pretty nasty finger-style funk grooves and solos. Sometimes you’ll bring out the funk by inserting lots of space between notes, while other times Jon will keep your fingers plenty busy with some intricate 16th-note runs and patterns. The FRB category will help bolster your scale patterns, arpeggios, pentatonics, hammer-ons and other techniques. Have fun playing these grooves with me and then grooving – and soloing – along with the band!

Slapping

SLAPPING

After selling so many of copies of my Funk Bass book, I decided to add a funk/slapping category to my online series. If you’re new to slapping, you’ll want to begin with the first half of each selection, concentrating on proper technique and making the music groove. When you’re ready to move on, you’ll find the second half of each groove more challenging. Since the backing tracks are identical for the first and second parts, you’re free to play whichever part you like! Note: The music notation legend can be found at the end of SLP-01.

Latin

LATIN

The Latin category will solidify your bossa nova, samba, Latin jazz grooves and more! Not only will you be laying down the foundation for the band, you’ll have some fun Latin bass solos to play, too! The Latin percussion and guitar tracks make these selections truly authentic – and fun!