Jamerson, James

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FUNK GUITAR & BASS

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Details the history of funk, then teaches guitarists and bassists lessons and exercises in the styles of the pros. All of the greats get their due, including James Brown, Sly Stone, Parliament/Funkadelic, Kool & the Gang, the Isley Brothers, Average White Band, Prince, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. The accompanying CD contains all of the musical examples, and a funk glossary lays out the lingo. Hardcover, with spiral binding. Written in standard notation and TAB. 149 pages.

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MARTHA REEVES - FORGET ME NOTS - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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This transcriptionis Forget Me Not by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. This is another 16th note complex line. When I originally added it to the transcription list I thought it was a cool line...but having gone through it a gazillion times I’ve elevated it towards the level of some of Jamerson’s virtuosic performances. Whilst not quite on the level of For Once In My Life or Home Cooking, it’s not far off. It’s an incredible piece of playing - and like songs like Love Child (The Supremes) the harmonic framework is relatively simple. This transcription includes accurate note-for-note transcription, one written in standard notation and TAB, and the other in just standard notation. 13 pages altogether.

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MARTHA REEVES - HEATWAVE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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This transcription is James Jamerson’s Bass line on Heatwave by Martha And The Vandellas. Although this is a relatively easy Bass line it was difficult to transcribe. Jamerson probably recorded this with his Double Bass and the early Motown Recordings were recorded direct to a primitive 4 track recorder. So the Bass was really hard to hear. To compensate I used a version of Heatwave that I have on a now defunct series of ‘Karaoke’ CDs that Motown issued featuring the original recordings. (Each CD had two versions of the track on the CD- the original and then a remix with the lead vocals stripped off). So I transcribed off that as the bass was easier to hear - and when I came to correlate that with the original recording I found it was a different length! So had to adjust again. What’s interesting - if you have a listen to the Heatwave original there’s a tape splice at around the 2.27 mark where they’ve literally chopped out some bars, probably by physically cutting the tape and then rejoining it. Have a listen....very intriguing. This transcription includes accurate note-for-note transcription, one written in standard notation and TAB, and the other in just standard notation. 13 pages altogether.

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R&B BASS MASTERS - THE WAY THEY PLAY

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R&B Masters is a close examination of the legendary R&B bassists that shaped modern music. Explore the styles of Duck Dunn, Chuck Rainey, George Porter, James Jamerson, Jerry Jemmot, David Hood and many others through written examples and play-along tracks. Learn their stories, their working setup, and their unique approaches to the groove. Written in standard notation and TAB. 80 pages. Audio CD features examples from all of the book's lessons.

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STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN

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The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson
Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Written in standard notation (no TAB). 194 pages. Includes 2 audio CD's.

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STEVIE WONDER: SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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This transcription for James Jamerson's bass line includes accurate note-for-note transcription written in standard notation and TAB. Includes chords. 6 pages.

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THE FOUR TOPS: I'LL TURN TO STONE - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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This transcription for James Jamerson's bass line includes accurate note-for-note transcription written in standard notation and TAB. Includes chords. 4 pages.

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THE FUNK BROTHERS - THE FLICK - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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As you know, I’m an absolutely massive fan of James Jamerson. It’s also known that I believe he wrote the ‘bible’ of modern bass playing and that whatever style of music or genre you play in, this is a guy that you MUST study. This tune is a essentially a Jam - it was recorded live at one of the clubs in Detroit that the Funk Brothers used to play at as part of their regular, non-Motown gigs. You can find it either on an album called The Millenium Collection, or it’s also on The Standing In The Shadows double CD that accompanied the film of the same name. It’s basically a 12 bar blues in C with an intro tacked on, and an outro that is an extended vamp on the C7 chord. But there’s some really interesting - and impossible! - stuff going on. So it’s definitely worth studying. I’m going to use a couple of sections for the Motown Style Grooves project as there is some incredible playing going on. This transcription includes accurate note-for-note transcription, one written in standard notation and TAB, and the other in just standard notation. 16 pages altogether.

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THE TEMPTATIONS - CLOUD 9 - EBOOK/PDF VERSION

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This transcription is the bass line to Cloud 9 by The Temptations. What’s interesting about this tune is that it comes from the late 60s Motown period when the company and the songwriters were moving away from the ‘I’m in love, isn’t everything great’ kind of tune and they were being influenced by some of the more socially aware soul and funk bands out there. And Cloud 9 is definitely that kind of tune. The lyrics are quite dark - it’s obviously about taking drugs. The chords used in the song are much simpler than a lot of Motown tunes - and it allows us to see how Jamerson approaches playing on a one chord vamp, and some of the little variations he brings in to inject some lift to the tune. This transcription includes accurate note-for-note transcription, one written in standard notation and TAB, and the other in just standard notation. 10 pages altogether.

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