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Break It Down Now! – How To Break Down A Groove

Ever heard someone say it?

“Break it down now!”

Other than the phrase sounding absolutely badass, I had no idea what it meant when you first heard it.

How do you break it down? Do you stop playing? Do you keep playing, but turn down? Do you actually physically break your bass down into small pieces?!?! (No – definitely don’t do that!!!)

At it’s core, breaking down a groove creates different textures, different sounds and different feelings for your audience. It gives you an incredible amount of flexibility and it lets you play with the intensity of your entire band. You as a bass player have near-ultimate power when it comes to doing this.

But like Spiderman won’t let us forget – with great power comes great responsibility, so you have to learn to wield it with care. Check out the lesson below:

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Of course, this ‘subtractive‘ method is just one way of breaking down a groove, but you can do other things as well. Once the groove has been totally broken down, you can start building it back up again.

You can add other notes, you can play with the rhythm, you can get even MORE intense than the original bass line. There are some examples of this in the PDF download above, so be sure to download it.

You actually have quite a lot of ‘wiggle room’ when it comes to playing with the groove. Just be sure that you’re listening and actually serving the music at all times. This is essential.

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Good luck with the lesson, and happy playing!


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4 Responses to Break It Down Now! – How To Break Down A Groove

  1. Bill April 21, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Excellent lesson! Thank you.

    • Luke McIntosh April 21, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      Glad you like it Bill. There’ll be more on the way very soon.

  2. Shaun April 21, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Awesome lesson. Stuff I sorta intuitively knew about but really good to see it so well mapped out and explained. Thanks Luke!

  3. Bertie April 22, 2015 at 5:29 am #

    Nice lesson.. Thanks…

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