Happy Birthday Let’s Get It On Part 3: “Come Get To This”

Gonna start making these transcription posts more brief so I can push out more stuffs. The backing track for “Come Get To This” was recorded in Hitsville on November 3, 1970 — the same day as “Distant Lover.” Check out the alternative mix, which actually has the band in at the top of the track. … Continue reading

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

Happy Birthday Let’s Get It On Part 2: “Distant Lover”

“Head Title” — a demo track used for what would later become “Distant Lover” — was a composition Marvin Gaye was tinkering with in November of 1970. You can actually hear Marvin going through this creative process as he works on crafting a lyric for the song in the following video: At the time of … Continue reading

Happy Birthday “Let’s Get It On”

Late last month Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” album turned 45 years old. To celebrate this and to get things rolling here again at the Funkhouse we are going to release transcriptions of every track Jamerson contributed to this record. “Just To Keep You Satisfied” will kick this series off. Three different recordings with … Continue reading

I Need Your Lovin’ (Recorded Nov. 11, 1968)

So after a long hiatus from posting to this site, I am finally back from a wild adventure of diving deep into the work of James Jamerson. To kick things off I am going to post a full transcription of one of my favorite Jamerson lines from a track called “I Need Your Lovin’” — … Continue reading

UPDATE: Jamerson Documentary KICKSTARTER!!!

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New Jamerson Documentary!!!

The search for the Holy Grail of all instruments — Jamerson’s legendary Funk Machine — is continued in this landmark documentary, which explores the story of one of music history’s most important missing artifacts. The film is currently in production, so visit the page and help spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/findingthefunkmachine UPDATE: Check out the kickstarter … Continue reading

South Carolina Hall of Fame: Help Get Jamerson Inducted…Sign the Petitions Today!

Dear Jamerson Enthusiasts, Anthony McKnight (JJ first cousin) is working to get James Jamerson inducted into his birth state of South Carolina’s Hall of Fame and we can help! His statement below: My name is Anthony”Ant”McKnight, I’m James Jamerson’s 1st cousin from Charleston, S.C. I am very very serious about getting my Cousin into the … Continue reading

Isolated Jamerson

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

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