During the 1970s, a style of bass playing became extremely popular. In fact, if you couldn't play in this style. Getting into a band was close to impossible! The style is called "Thumbing," invented by Sly and The Family Stone bass player Larry Graham. I wanted to learn how to thumb so badly. I would grab any guitar or bass player in my neighborhood I thought could tech me the style.
But I found it very difficult. It wasn't until one night I went with my brother to see his friend perform in her band at a local nightclub in Queens, NY. The bass player blew me away! The irony is, five years later, I blew him away!
Chace, May 1983, battle of the bands. This performance was killer!
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