James Jamerson played with one finger, HOW?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by megatron, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. megatron


    Jul 9, 2003
    We all know by now he played with one finger.How did he do it? Does anyone else play this way? Im curious as a newbie.
  2. i can play alomost any thing i can play with two fingers with one. i also use two fingers at the same time,started doing that because of black sabbath. if u have to use 3 fingers then do so, if u can do the same line with 2 better if u can do it with only one that even better.
  3. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Raking, I'd imagine. That is, hitting more than one string on the upstroke; and simply developing his technique so that he could comfortably play with only one finger.
  4. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I used to run into a guitarist years ago who worked with James on a Diana Ross tour. He remarked that raking was indeed a big part of it. He also said that JJ simply developed an unusually quick index finger because it was the way he had always done it, and his technique simply kept up with what he heard in his head. This basically reinforces what THE DEVIL'S SWISS MISS already said, with a few less degrees of separation.

    I reason that Jamerson's right hand technique may have been a carryover from his upright technique. True to form, I was told that JJ's bass was almost impossible to play by today's standards because the high action didn't bother him since he was an upright player first.
  5. Baofu


    Mar 8, 2003
    Yeah, if you want to know a little bit more about Jameson, I recomend seeing "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." As a musician, I found it quite interesting.
  6. Tim Commerford said something very similar to this in his BP cover interview...
    not to compare him to jamerson b/c I'm sure even timmy C.(who seems a bit cocky in his interview) took something from Him.
  7. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    he also played bass laying down on the floor while drunk...

    SITSOM is pretty cool
  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Yeah, that was a funny story.
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    How? Listen to all of the songs carol kaye said she played on and you will know.
  10. That would kill my finger having to do the work of 2 fingers...but I can play with one...just not as efficiently.
  11. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
  12. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    I'm from the old days. I had an Acoustic 360 new if that means anything. Jack Bruce used one finger in Cream. Listen to Crossroads on Wheels of Fire (Live). One finger was use was not uncommon.