Part II: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Happening Brother (Live)

Part II of the Marvin Gaye medley – What’s Going On/Whats Happening Brother, this weeks Jamerson bass transcription features the second half of Gaye’s performance. What’s Happening Brother from the 1972 Save The Children album/film. Please note in bar 104 it sounds as though Jamerson might be playing D naturals over a Bb minor chord. … Continue reading

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (Live) – Jamerson Transcription of the Week

There is a video floating around the internet of Marvin Gaye Performing Whats Going On/What’s Happening Brother live with none other than James Jamerson backing him. This footage from the 1973 film, Save The Children, gives a rare glimpse of Jamerson’s “hook” technique in action. This weeks transcription is Jamerson’s line from the What’s Going … Continue reading

Standing In The Shadows Of Love – Jamerson Transcription of the Week (Standard Notation & Tab)

Here is Jamerson’s line on the 1966 Four Tops hit, “Standing In The Shadows Of Love.” I’ve only provided the first run through the form, but you can see here how Jamerson uses the open strings to tackle shifting from one position to the next and his use of rakes to deal with string crossings … Continue reading

“Mutiny” Bass Solo Transcription

Jamerson rips it up on this rare gem, which can be found on Jr. Walker & the All-Stars 1966 Road Runner album. Mutiny Bass Solo – Standard Notation & Tab

Electric Bass Mute 101: The “Magic” Sponge

There is a beautiful decay in James Jamerson’s sound. Just listen to the intro of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. With a foam mute under the strings of his 1962 Fender P. Bass, Jamerson was able to achieve that perfectly tapered decay. This mute, which use to come stock with … Continue reading

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