Jocelyn Brown – ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’

This song was written and recorded by Jocelyn Brown back in 1984 and has since become a disco/funk classic. It’s not clear who played bass on the original recording, but whoever it was, they did an amazing job: this song is well-loved by bass players all over the world thanks to an effective – and very tasty – bass groove.

This song is in the key of Eb minor and is played with a funk shuffle feel, something that makes parts of the line difficult to play with the required accuracy. Although often performed as a slap groove, the line is actually played using a combination of fingerstyle and slap techniques, again adding to the difficulty of the line.

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

This course is 24 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: