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

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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