What’s Happening Brother Jamerson Bass Transcription of the Week

Last week’s transcription was a live, 1973 performance of What’s Happening Brother. This week I wanted to compare and contrast the live performance with the original 1971 version from Marvin Gaye’s Whats Going On album. Jamerson’s ability to create variations on bassline motives and progressions is unlike any other bass player. Check out his comping … Continue reading

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

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