BASS LINES BY JAIME VAZQUEZ: THE SIXTEENTH-NOTE GROOVE PART V – GARY WILLIS’ STYLE…Hello bass players and fans of bass playing! This is Part v! Dedicated to the American bass player, composer, instructor, author of amazing books for the bass guitar and BMM colleague, “Gary Willis!” Known for his work with Tribal Tech, Garsed/Helmerich, Allan Holdsworth, Dennis Chambers, Wayne Shorter, and his powerful solo projects. I would recommend to study his breathtaking technique and his approach for soloing and grooving! For me, it’s a great honor to show some of Gary Willis’ sixteenth-note grooves. Remember! Willis uses 5 string basses, so I have adapted some bass lines for a 4 string bass using standard, Drop D and Low B tunings. Let’s groove with Willis! For more information about Gary Willis you may visit garywillis.com.
This is a groove with a ballad feel for the guitar solo. Notice the use of double stops using the octaves and the muted notes(very common techniques used by Willis). Also, there are hammer-ons, pull-offs and rests.
The funky groove for the guitar solo is a 3/4 time signature with a triplet dotted 16th. Check out the palm muting (P.M.) in the bass fill. This is a trademark on Willis’ playing. There are muted notes, tied notes and rests.