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Bobby Vega’s Gosh Groove from the Video

Bobby Vega’s Gosh Groove from the Video…

Here we are again with the next lesson… after a broken nose and a marriage (both on my part, lucky me!)

Although, lessons usually come without talk on the video, this time I felt it was necessary to do a bit of show-n-tell with talking, since I found so many little details to pay attention to that written advice alone could not suffice on Bobby’s piece. I do not enjoy watching myself talking, but I hope you do (smile).

Bobby Vega is one of the coolest cats around; he is the counter-argument for pick-hater bassists. His pumping lines are super-cool, musical and a joy to listen to, no matter whether he plays slapping, finger style, or with a pick.

While he is best known for his bombastic pick-style playing, if you have ever checked any of his solo records, you’ll notice how creative and diverse his music is. Bobby is someone who knows flash, but he also knows to serve a song while having tremendous amounts of fun.

I have never played pick-bass before, so this was a whole new adventure for me as well. It was important for myself as well to re-live the number one rule of learning something new… SUPER-SLOW! I literary went ‘eyeballing’ Bobby’s video for hours and putting the line together note-by-note, detail-by-detail. I guess as usual, I did not reach the “bobbyvega-badass-level” in regards to the fluency and the relaxed explosiveness of the line, but it should be enough to teach you some fun.

In the video, I talk about four details to watch when you learn this excerpt:

1. How to hold the pick with your fingers

2.  How to hold your right hand

3.  How to achieve that pulse that pumps your ears

4.  What the left hand does and how it works together with the right

As I’ll go into all of these in detail in the video, there is no written part for pieces of advice at this time; we’ll see how that works out. Usually the motions I show you slowly in the video are exaggerated (like lifting the fretting finger after the note is played). There are also a few little mistakes here and there (for example while I show you the pattern of sixteenth notes and play down-up, I am telling up-down instead), but I hope with the corrections of Bobby in the background, you’ll get the gist of it (smile).

The video does not intend to violate any laws or copyrights;
it is to be used for educational purposes (fair use). 

If you have any questions, please comment on the YouTube video and I will answer!

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