Here’s a video showing the bass guitar beginner how to play bass to Back in My Arms Again by The Supremes.
This tune was originally released in 1965. It appeared on the album ‘More Hits By The Supremes., This is a great example of Motown’s early 8th note feel songs – the chord progressions used in the song are very simple, very diatonic. And the bass line itself is very simple – it’s a perfect tune for beginners to get their fingers around. But there’s some interesting pre-cursors in this tune to Jamerson’s later 16th note style in the pre-chorus section of the tune.
There are basically three parts to the song – the intro/chorus, the verse (which is very similar to the chorus) and the pre-chorus. I’ve included two variations of the pre-chorus.
I’ve split the lesson down into the following sections: intro/chorus, verse, pre-chorus 1 and pre-chorus 2. The first root note of the pre-choruses is F – but they are played at different octave locations – so you’ll need to approach them with different approach notes. Those approach notes are discussed in the ‘verse’ section of the lesson.