How James Jamerson did it

And how you can capture the essence of some of his most awesome grooves too!

By Jon Liebman
April 11, 2024

James Jamerson was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest bass players ever.

Here’s a look at one of his busiest — and most awesome — bass grooves.

First, watch as I play the entire line, note-for-note. After that, I’ll show you some ways you can capture the essence of this groove, even without Jamerson chops!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed or intimidated at the thought of playing a song that you thought was way out of your league?

Well, it doesn’t always have to be that way once you learn to capture the essence of the groove.

Leave a comment below and share your story. I’d love to hear from you!

Comments on How James Jamerson did it

  1. Keith says:

    WOW!!!! That bass line is more complicated than I realized!!!! Mr. Jamerson was an absolute genius who changed the way the bass is played, recorded, and mixed!!! Outstanding job John!!!

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Thanks, Keith. Yeah, Jamerson was truly amazing for sure!

  2. John Ewing says:

    Truly one of your most inspiring videos Jon! Thank you!

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Thanks, John. Glad you liked it!

  3. Rick Cain says:

    Hey John, that was the first time I think I saw you play bass on FBPO. I was impressed. Though I am widely known on Cape Cod as an Upright player, I have a gig this month playing some sacred Paul Winter/P.. Halley/J. Scott, Chorale music in Falmouth, MA. which calls for electric bass. As a swing/Latin player, switching back to electric, I needed to find my straight 8 and 16th note grooves again. This video got me some great ideas. Thanks for the help.

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Awesome, Rick. Thanks for letting me know!

      1. Jon Liebman says:

        Couldn’t agree more, Bel. Thanks for weighing in!

  4. Rob Pizapio says:

    Great playing Jon, as always a inspiration to young and old. RTS

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Thanks so much, Rob. Glad you enjoyed it!

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