Isolated Jamerson

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Transcribing Jamerson can be a difficult task. Even though the bass is often mixed as upfront as the vocal lines, there is almost always that moment where you would give anything to hear Jamerson’s line a little clearer. You ask yourself questions like, “Was that an open A or an Ab or the bass drum … Continue reading

Save the Babies!: Marvin Gaye’s Save the Children 1971 (Album Version Bass Transcription)

Jamerson frequently tugs against the meter by superimposing a duple feel against the 12/8 groove. The opening four bars exemplify this rhythmic tension release pattern. One of my favorite moment on this record is when the walking line in m. 48 ignites the full blown walk that explodes with the drummer in m. 49 with … Continue reading

Save the Children LIVE 1973 (Coda) – Jamerson Transcription

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Here is a transcription of the Coda section of Save the Children, where the groove has shifted from 12/8 to 4/4. Save the Children – Bass Transciption (Standard Notation)

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