What Christmas Means To Me

Stevie Wonder’s 1967 classic Christmas hit “What Christmas Means To Me” demonstrates what a beast Jamerson was in the lower fret positions. It is also a good example of how Jamerson would sometimes stretch the left hand beyond the standard 3-fret fingering span discussed in the previous post while still only using fingers 1, 2, and 4. … Continue reading

The Left Hand

Dan Forte: “What advice would you give to beginners?” James Jamerson: “Well, I think the first thing you should do is play upright bass. That would strengthen everything — your wrist, the fingers, the joints of your fingers.” James Jamerson began his career as an upright bassist and from the Dan Forte interview excerpt above … Continue reading

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