Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart (Riffs) (Tab)

Hard to believe a song this gimmicky can still sound so great after 20 years. No doubt it’s down to having one of the greatest bass riffs of all time – pilfered from Herbie Hancock’s Bring Down the Birds and very much improved upon.

Here’s the riff in C:

In C

And with a bit of prodding you can play it in the original key:

Original Key

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  1. Chickenstar October 21st, 2010 6:56 am

    This, my friend, is funkalicious.

    Always loved this song.


  2. krabbers October 21st, 2010 8:12 am

    TWENTY YEARS???????


    this was a tune and a half

    this will be my mission for today

  3. J-Hob October 21st, 2010 6:08 pm

    awesome! I’ll be sure to bust that out for time to time!

  4. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 7:15 pm

    Chickenstar: You’re welcome.

    krabbers: Yes, I started to feel very old when I worked that out.

    J-Hob: Me too. I’m thinking of including it in my Dueling Banjos bit.

  5. Kirilix May 8th, 2011 5:42 pm

    I play it in Original key but going, 7-4-9-7-4-2 (in part 2)

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