“The Hook”

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bigtex76, May 29, 2020.


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  1. Bigtex76

    Bigtex76

    Feb 5, 2020
    I’m new at bass playing and one of the first people I heard about was James Jamerson, whom reportedly played with his index finger.

    Every piece of video I’ve seen looks as if he plays with two.

    Am I wrong?
     
  2. ComesATime

    ComesATime

    Dec 12, 2012


    Here, he's definitely using the one.

    He keeps his fingers straight, so it can sometimes look like he's using more than one finger in some grainy videos.
     
  3. Bigtex76

    Bigtex76

    Feb 5, 2020
    Thank you.
     
  4. Bigtex76

    Bigtex76

    Feb 5, 2020
    Thank you!
     
  5. luciens

    luciens

    Feb 9, 2020
    Amazing how he does all that stuff he did to perfection with just one finger... blows me away every time... :)

    L
     
  6. Parzival

    Parzival

    Jun 16, 2013
    Alabama
    Geddy Lee uses one finger a lot of the time. I tend to do it more than I used to.
     
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  7. Bigtex76

    Bigtex76

    Feb 5, 2020
    Thank you.
     
  8. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    I've never seen footage of Jamerson playing before. I was surprised by the way he anchored his right-hand pinky/ring finger on the P-Bass pickup cover, and used floating thumb for muting.

    BTW this thread would probably make more sense in "Bassists" or "Technique" forum...
     
  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :laugh: --- do you think jamerson is 'cheating'?
     
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  10. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Alphonso Johnson would hang his right thumb over the strings too, it might come from training on upright when you're young.
     
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