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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OF ALL: JAMES JAMERSON

JAMES JAMERSON

Wikipedia hits the basics: "James Lee Jamerson (1936-1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s . . . and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history.

"He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. As a session musician he played on 23 Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits, as well as 56 R&B number-one hits."

The accolades are everywhere. In its special article The 100 Best Bass Players of All Time Bass Player magazine ranked Jamerson number one, and the most influential bass guitarist. And Rolling Stone named Jamerson number one on its list of the 50 Greatest Bassists of All Time.

Some serious talent. You're probably playing a lot of Jamerson lines already. Studying what he did with them will only make you better.



STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
STANDING IN THE
SHADOWS OF MOTOWN

The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson: He was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove -- the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands.



JAMES JAMERSON BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JAMES JAMERSON
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Here are bass lines for 14 beloved Motown hits from Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and many others.


R&B BASS MASTERS: THE WAY THEY PLAY
R&B MASTERS:
THE WAY THEY PLAY

A close examination of the legendary R&B bassists that shaped modern music. In addition to James Jamerson, explore the styles of Duck Dunn, Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmot, and many others.



WHAT MAKES MOTOWN BASS MOTOWN?
WHAT MAKES MOTOWN
BASS MOTOWN?-
An exploration of this much loved and highly bass-driven musical style. Analysis of pitch sets, rhythmic cells and more reveals the essential character of the bass lines played by Jamerson and others.


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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Aidan Hampson

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JOHN MAYER TRIO: WHERE THE LIGHT IS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JOHN MAYER TRIO:
WHERE THE LIGHT IS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Pino Palladino's athletic bass lines added meat to John Mayer's expressive arrangements. Learn the lines to all eight songs of the trio set on the 2008 album, Where the Light Is.



EARTH, WIND & FIRE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
The versatile superband owed much of its power to Verdine White's incomparable bass playing. Here are his lines on 11 of the band's favorite hits, from six albums recorded between 1973 and 1979.



THE BEACH BOYS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BEACH BOYS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

A celebration of the California Sound, created by some kids from Hawthorne who went on to become pop/rock giants. Learn the bass lines to 12 memorable hits.



BILL WITHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BILL WITHERS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Seminal hits like Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, and Just the Two of Us helped Bill Withers set the sound of '70s soul. Here are bass lines to 11 hits.



BLUES BROTHERS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
THE BLUES BROTHERS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Donald "Duck" Dunn played on the sound track for this musical-comedy cult classic, and even portrayed himself in the film. Songs included favorites from James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and more.



MILES DAVIS, KIND OF BLUE BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
60 years on: the best-selling jazz album of all time was not even rehearsed!


HERBIE HANCOCK BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
HERBIE HANCOCK
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

The creative Jazz-Fusion composer and performer has won 14 Grammy Awards!



DURAN DURAN BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
BEST OF DURAN DURAN
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

This book collects 12 of the band’s greatest hits, and details the driving, funky bass lines played by John Taylor.



THE BEATLES:
SGT. PEPPER'S

BEST OF ELVIS

BEST OF
NATHAN EAST


PAUL SIMON

BOB DYLAN

STEVIE WONDER
VOL. 1


STEVIE WONDER
VOL. 2


BILLY JOEL

QUEEN

FRANK SINATRA

JAMES BROWN

PINK FLOYD

BEST OF
RADIOHEAD


THE BEATLES:
1965-1970


MICHAEL JACKSON:
THRILLER


MICHAEL JACKSON:
OFF THE WALL


MICHAEL JACKSON:
BAD


BEST OF
DIRE STRAITS


JAMES JAMERSON

ELTON JOHN

FLEETWOOD MAC

ABBA

TOTO

BEST OF
PRINCE


'70s SOUL

'70s FUNK

'80s ROCK

BEST OF
THE EAGLES


STEELY DAN

BERNARD EDWARDS

BEST OF
OASIS


MARVIN GAYE

BEST OF
VAN HALEN


NEW WAVE

GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS
VOL. 1


GREATEST STUDIO
BASS PLAYERS
VOL. 2


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BASS MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION EBOOKS from Eric Beaulé

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JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
JOHN COUGAR
MELLENCAMP
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

Bass lines for 15 hits from one of the founders of heartland rock.



PINO PALLADINO BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
PINO PALLADINO
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
This collection of 10 songs takes a look at the early bass work of this legendary session player.


STU COOK, CCR ANTHOLOGY BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
STU COOK
CCR ANTHOLOGY
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-

A collection of 15 classic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival, as played by bassist Stu Cook.

TOM PETTY GREATEST HITS BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS
TOM PETTY
GREATEST HITS
BASS
TRANSCRIPTIONS
-EBOOK/PDF-
Bass lines for 15 favorite songs from this humble, genuine guy and his Heartbreakers.


BOZ BURRELL,
BAD COMPANY


BOSTON:
FIRST ALBUM


ERIC CHURCH

NEW COUNTRY
FAVORITES


TIRAN PORTER,
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS


STEVE MILLER BAND

CLASSIC ROCK
VOL. 1


CLASSIC ROCK
VOL. 2


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ONLINE CLINIC WITH JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ

JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ ONLINE CLINIC 1020

You love his BASS TIPS, so now get in on a free online clinic! Player, instructor, and BassBooks.com contributor Jaime David Vazquez is hosting a presentation entitled THE SCALE APPROACH on Tuesday, October 27. Time will be 9:00 pm Eastern. The clinic is free. Sign up via email at [email protected]



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TEACH ME BASS GUITAR: DIGITAL MASTER COURSE by Roy Vogt

This may be the most comprehensive, effective, and entertaining self-paced bass-instruction course ever created. TEACH ME BASS GUITAR is a one-of-a-kind master class in bass guitar taught by Roy Vogt, head of the Bass Department at Nashville's prestigious Belmont University for 30 years.

This digital-download course is available from the TEACH ME BASS GUITAR website, where we will send you for ordering.

Among the many features designed to help you learn:
▪ 16 hours of video instruction
▪ More than 100 video play-along tracks with professional studio musicians
▪ 162-page 4-color fully illustrated ebook
▪ All original music
▪ Impressive loop library
▪ Animated fretboard naming and showing every note Roy is playing

Three separately available print books -- Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced -- follow the course structure but can also be used standalone.

Beginners and old pros alike will learn and grow in their bass playing with this unique digital course, now offered at just $79.95.

Go to the TMBG website for full course details and ordering



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Here's what we have added to the Free Stuff library this month:


ERIC BEAULÉ
www.PlayBassLines.com

This transcription is compliments of Eric Beaulé, at www.PlayBassLines.com, author of several titles we carry.

Transcription of a
Motown-Style Groove in C


Eric offers this hoppin' solo line in the style of many Motown favorites.

The play-along video includes TAB with a moving cursor, and also has an accompaniment-only section to let you carry the solo on your own.

Video Play-Along: Motown-Style Groove in C


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JAIME DAVID VAZQUEZ
www.jaimedavidvazquez.com

BASS TIPS:
Basic Bass Tumbaos, Part 1


Jaime kicks off a series focussed on how to play the basic patterns of popular Latin dance music.



MIKE OVERLY
www.basstruth.com

Melodic Minor Cross Correlations, Part 5

In this lesson Mike Overly, GRAMMY® nominated music educator and author of Bass EncycloMedia, continues his exploration of the melodic minor scale's modes.

Check out Mike's excellent book, TONE NOTE MUSIC METHOD FOR BASS, Book 1



JOHN FALSTROM
www.EADG4.com

EADG 4: Part 50
Wearing Your Own Shoes


John Falstrom, author of EADG 4, talks about feeling comfortable with what you play, and playing what you feel comfortable with.



BASS BOOKS for all reasons

BERKLEE JAZZ BASS
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JAZZ
titles

The scope and styles of Jazz span the entire range of human emotions. Studying it is a commitment, playing it is a joy.



STEVIE WONDER BASS TRANSCRIPTIONS, VOL 2
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STEVIE WONDER
titles

The creative genius of Stevie Wonder lives in the bass lines of his many big hit songs.


THE LATIN BASS BOOK - A PRACTICAL GUIDE
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LATIN
titles

Authentic Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles are rich with expression and history.



THE FUNKMASTERS: THE GREAT JAMES BROWN RHYTHM SECTIONS, 1960-1973
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JAMES BROWN
titles

For 50 hard, fast years, the Godfather of Soul contributed to the development of rap, disco and funk.
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CHORD STUDIES
titles


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JAMES JAMERSON
titles


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EAGLES
titles


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MUSIC THEORY
titles


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SLAP
titles


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SCALES AND MODES
titles


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JACO PASTORIOUS
titles


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CLASSICAL MUSIC
titles


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FRETBOARD STUDIES
titles


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SIGHT READING
titles


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TAPPING
titles


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BLUES
titles




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