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

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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