Top of the week, fellow vibrators of the low strings!
Well, it's Summer! The sun is shining, and when it's not, it's Rainey...Chuck Rainey that is! That's right, our Groove of the week is in the style of Chuck Rainey!
What can be said about Chuck? He's a monsterous bass player who recorded a massive amount of hits (a good number of them with my
musical mentor, Paul Griffin on keys), mostly in the New York studio scene of the '60s and '70s. If you've ever listened to Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, or a whole bunch of other great artist who have passed the test of time, you've likely been listening to the sounds of Chuck Rainey on bass, and his rhythm section partner Bernard Purdie on drums.
So, without further chatter from me, here's a groove in the style of Chuck Rainey.
(we're fooling the AB system into 16th notes)
Sound: Elec Fing
Loop: 4 times
Groove Skeleton: 1-a (Dotted 8th-note)
Tonality: Dominant (Mixolydian...but with a b3, making it Dorian)
(it's actually a minor kind of groove because of the b3, but it fits really well over a bluesy Dominant tonality).
Here's an alternate fingering:
Aaaaah, ain't that steady?! Enjoy, and dust off some of those Aretha records (did I really just say "records?"). Be well, and groove well!
P.S.: If you're playing the TAB version, reset your Tempo setting to 110 or 100. This one falls into the cracks at 105...oh well...!