Physics of Groove

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Course Description

Gabe Rosales has played bass for a variety of artists, from Fat Joe to George Lynch. In this course he will show you the basics of how to carry a groove and other useful techniques for “staying in the pocket” and soloing.  Gabe will teach you the essential techniques you need to know as a bass player, no matter what style you play, whether you are a beginner or you’ve been playing for years. You will also lean how to play Rage Against the Machine, Chic, and others.

The course begins with Gabe showing you  the basics of rhythm and how to break it down, using Whole, Half, Quarter, Eights, and Sixteenth Notes.

What is taught in this series?

  • Note Duration
  • Breaking Down Rhythms
  • Using a Metronome
  • Reading Tabs
  • Slides
  • Pedaling
  • Using Space
  • “Good Times” by Chic
  • “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine
  • Walkin’ Blues
  • Chord Progressions
  • Percussive Playing
  • 5-String Bass
  • Slapping
Note Duration 

A brief overview on how to play Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes notes in 4 / 4 timing.

Breakdown of Note Duration 

Within the lesson we also touch on the feel of a "swing" by putting more of a space between 8th notes to create a feeling of movement.

16th Note Duration 

In this lesson we illustrate the division of the 8th note into an even smaller increment of note duration, the 16th. Also, we talk about how important it is to understand what the tempo or BEATS PER MINUTE is in the song in regards to how fast we will be playing.

Using a Metronome 

In this essential lesson we discuss a bass player's relationship with his/her best friend, the metronome. We discuss the exercise of cutting the BPM's in half while playing grooves at the same tempo to really test timing capabilities.


This lesson discusses how to understand TABS and the difference between TABS and sheet music.

Tabs Part 2 

We get into the symbols used in TABS to notate hammer-on's and pull-off's, as well as discussing the mechanics of applying these techniques.


We discuss the effect of sliding into, and out of a note; and the proper way to achieve this technique.


In this lesson we discuss different styles of music using the same notes while utilizing our quarter and eight note patterns. We use as examples: Queen, Rammstien, and a Bossa Nova rhytm

The Importance of Not Playing Anything -Space-Silence 

Gabe talks about the importance of rests and their relation to rhythm. Sly and the Family Stone, and Barry White are used as examples. Someone what you don't play is as important as what you do play

“Good Times” by Chic 

This lesson is a detailed instruction on how to play the funk bass line Rapper's Delight which was sampled from Chic's "Good Times."

“Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine 

This is lesson is a detailed instruction on how to play "Killing In the Name Of" by Rage Against the Machine.

Walkin’ Blues 

In this lesson we discuss the creation of a walking blues bass line and how to utilize the low B string to incorporate in our chord changes to mix up the sound.


In this lesson we discuss a typical jazz chord progression.

Percussive Playing 

In this instruction we discuss how to utilize the B string to create a percussive effect to incorporate into your bass lines to really accentuate the groove and add to the overall funk of a bass line.

5-String Bass 

In this lesson we discuss the mechanics of the 5 string bass and the general approach on how to incorporate it into your familiar bass lines.


In this funk lesson we walk through an in depth study on how to use the slap technique with the low B incorporating hammer-on's, left hand mutes and right hand pops.

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