Truefire Andrew Ford’s Motown Bass Survival Guide TUTORIAL
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 his Motown sound.
Andrew Ford’s Motown Bass Survival Guide examines all of the essential concepts and techniques you need to know to get that signature Motown sound. In the first section, you’ll explore concepts like reharmonization, embellishing passing tones, muting, ghost notes, and other essential approaches through a variety of exercises to help you integrate them into your own playing.
”I’ll show you Motown grooves and bass lines with embellished passing tones, muted non-diatonic ghost notes, root five movements, major pentatonics, question and answer phrases, reharmonized chords, open string pivots, and a signature bass run concept I like to call ‘dropping the biscuit’ — in short, all of the essential Motown techniques and grooves.”
In the second section, you’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. Andrew will first perform the groove and then break it down note-for-note explaining the underlying techniques and harmonic approach.
All of the performance studies are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Andrew includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your bass and let’s get our Motown Groove on with Andrew Ford!