“He refused to play the bass with his thumb. He thought it was an insult to the instrument”: Marcus Miller reveals why Anthony Jackson started putting him forward for sessions

Left-Bassist/Producer Marcus Miller performs at Freedom Hill Amphitheater on August 10, 2016 in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Right-circa 1970 Photo of Anthony JACKSON
(Image credit: Left-Scott Legato/Getty Images; Right- Andrew Lepley/Getty Images)

Marcus Miller has made a career out of playing bass with his thumb. However, he has recently revealed that, despite its popularity, one influential bassist wasn't a fan of that style of playing, leading him to recommend Miller for countless studio sessions.

“Anthony [Jackson] was really interesting because, in the late ’70s, he refused to play the bass with his thumb,” says Miller in a recent interview with Dunlop alongside Robert Trujillo.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.