James Taylor – ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’

This song was recorded by James Taylor back in 1975 for his Gorilla album. A cover of the Marvin Gaye hit, Taylor’s version features a simple but highly effective bass part from session legend Leland Sklar. Sklar, who has spent much of his career holding down the low end for Taylor (and many others), performed the line on a highly modified Fender Precision bass.

This song is in the key of G major and is played with a swing feel resulting in many triplet figures. Lee’s bassline is at all times supportive, but with simple and effective melodic fills poking through where appropriate.

When learning this piece, you might find the following courses (all included in the monthly subscription cost) useful:

A transcription (with TAB and without) is available for this course. To download it, please visit the Free Stuff page. Please note that a backing track is NOT included with this course. The track used in the play-along can be purchased from www.karaoke-version.co.uk.

This course is 44 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: