How To Play Bass
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4. Horn Riff
5. Verse In D
6. Chorus (In D)
October 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm
This is most definitely one of Jamerson’s easiest to play of all of the classic lines that he created.
Paul Wolfe says
October 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm
Definitely up there with the easy ones…there are some early tunes from this period from other acts that are just as easy. But the thing to note is the chorus in Bar 5. The chords go from F to G and last two beats each. Most players of the time would have carried on the rhythm he established in the first four bars of the chorus and played root notes. But note that James slips in the F# on Beat 2 for a whole beat! Brilliant example of tension and release that he was doing at least as early as 63 (the earliest example I’ve found so far). What’s great about Jamerson’s trajectory from playing these kind of simple lines to the virtuoso masterpieces is that you can actually map it over time and see where he decides to try out a new stylistic device and use it. You can literally ‘map’ his genius grow by transcribing and analyzing his stuff through the years!
Jim Bax says
October 16, 2015 at 1:47 am
I love Jamerson’s work, Paul. And I can appreciate his musical progression through these songs. He was a great Jazz musician who could make his living and presence felt through the great R&B / Soul movement. I love these songs, and everything he did that I’m aware of. Thanks for this. It’s a must know song .
October 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm
Paul I was learning the song Hysteria and it was easy to play but sounds hard , thanks.
You have a lot of good songs recorded hat help a lot.
Andre Harrington says
October 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm
I like this the first time I tried to play it I had to stop to turn the page,in the Motown classic bass lines book but this is a great song. Can you do one on another of James Jamersons ” What’s going on ” I am having a difficult time with the second part to the song
October 16, 2015 at 8:24 am
How come your using the floating thumb technique now ?
October 16, 2015 at 8:48 am
It’s part of a long held desire I’ve had to play through Jamerson’s repertoire of bass lines (starting with the easy ones!) and just using the index finger to pluck. Having seen the only available footage of Jamerson using that technique it ***seems*** that he’s using a variation of the floating thumb technique. So that’s what I’m trying to model!
Steve Bobic says
October 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm
See, folks! Even the pros try to keep learning! Good on you Paul! And great job transcribing this!
October 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm
You’ll be seeing more of my ‘fledgeling hook’ over the upcoming months! Been meaning to start this project for at least three years!!!
Serge Forget says
October 16, 2015 at 11:22 am
Merci beaucoup pour votre travail que vous nous permettez de nous amilliarer MERCI PAUL
October 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm
Vouz etes bienvenue – bon chance pour le rugby demain! J’espere for Les Bleus!!!
October 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm
Another great job at breaking things down into bit sized pieces. Your video quality continues to get better all the time love the split windows.
Thanks for all the low end help Paul, it is greatly appreciated!
October 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm
Glad you enjoyed it!
October 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm
What a tremendously helpful tutorial! I can’t believe the timing as I just started learning this song yesterday as part of my new additional role as a bass player in our band. Pulling tabs from the internet and watching lame Youtube videos get you started, but lessons like these show you exactly ‘How To’.
Thank you Paul, for the concise instruction and ‘Johnny on the Spot’ timing.
Glad you enjoyed it. Can’t take any credit for the timing…pure luck!
October 18, 2015 at 8:18 am
Just a small comment on what your videos mean for people like me (and probably a lot more).
Over 3 years ago we started a R&R band (4 crazy friends, drums, singer, guitar and bass) and this year, we managed to play some regular gigs at a few hotels in the neighbourhood. A lot of the songs we use in our setlist, are songs you have put up on your tutorials and it made it sooooo easy for me to learn them properly, and to correct the ones I tried to learn on my own.
I know it’s not really the place to write this, but just wanted to say a huge-thank-you for your effort.
john lawrence says
October 18, 2015 at 11:13 am
like the new form of notation as it makes it easier to follow your player. This is essential to me as a very new player.
October 21, 2015 at 10:48 am
Great tutorial! I discovered that this song is a beautiful song to play . Appreciate the notations which is a great help while learning to read sheet music. Your greatly appreciated Paul. Please continue with your Jamerson. themes.
If you ever go to a jam or a rehearsal no-one will ever – EVER! – ask you what scales you know. They might ask you if you can play Superstition in E though. Or Cocaine in D. Or Good Times in E.
That’s what how-to-play-bass.com is all about…learning songs.