ExamplE10 major shuffle with bass runs
Though this example’s purpose is to demonstrate a major shuffle rhythm part, the opportunity to include a Chuck Berry style opening lick was too good to miss. Here, we tread a path between chords and melody using the bass strings – often in unison with the bass guitar. We’ve gone a little overboard with this to demonstrate a few different ways to play this feel in one example. Backing a vocalist or playing within a band may require you to simplify things slightly – but there’s only one way to be sure. Alternatively, could you write an instrumental based around these ideas?