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Watch the Motown Bass Survival Guide online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Motown Bass Survival Guide

Hi, I'm Andrew Ford, and welcome to the Motown Bass Survival Guide.

James Jamerson is one of the most influential bass players in modern history. His work on countless Motown hits, back in the early 60's and 70's, inspired every generation of bass players to come, across virtually every style of music. If you play R&B, funk, pop, jazz, or even rock, you've likely been influenced by Jamerson and that Motown sound.

In the first section of this Motown Bass Survival Guide, we'll examine essential concepts and techniques you need to know to get that signature Motown sound. We'll explore concepts like reharmonization, embellishing passing tones, muting, ghost notes, and other essential approaches through a variety of exercises which will help you integrate them into your own playing.

In the second section, we'll work through a series of performance studies designed to help you apply each of the concepts and techniques from the first section in a Motown context.

I'll break down each performance note for note, you'll get tab and notation for each, AND you'll get all of the rhythm tracks to work with as well. You can also loop and slow down any of the performances so that you can work with the materials at your own pace. So, grab your bass and let's get started!