Latin bassline groove, with percussive fingerstyle

Lesson #257 • Sep 8, 2019

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In this lesson I’ll show you a warm up exercise based on the song Seniorita by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello. This exercise specifically focuses on the bassline heard during the song. I’ll start by teaching the bassline by itself, and then from there add a few layers of spice & flourish. This includes some percussive techniques you can use to add flair, but also includes adding full chord shapes and some fills to transition between each chord. In the end, this results in a very satisfying array of exercises you can dive into and have fun with. Great for warming up! I hope you enjoy.

Video timestamps:

  • 0:00 Playthrough & overview
  • 2:10 Chord shapes needed
  • 4:42 Exercise 1: Simple bassline
  • 7:27 Exercise 2: Adding full chord shapes
  • 10:27 Exercise 3: Adding fills (easier)
  • 13:48 Exercise 4: Adding fills (advanced)
  • 16:45 Farewell

The song this exercise is based on

I especially recommend giving the song Señiorita a listen, as you can hear this exact bassline groove in full effect! Even if you don’t care for pop music, hearing the groove within this song is a nice way to get the rhythm established in your ear.

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