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OT: The Genius of Jamerson


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Very cool.... Genius indeed.

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He was a complete train wreck in his personal life - lots of demons - but he played the bass like a virtuoso melody instrument. And he's all over every bit of Motown from Smokey to the J5.

My band is (almost) exclusively Motown and our bass player covers James' lines beautifully. It's the key to the signature sound of that music.

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I love that video - I've seen quite a few friends share it over the last few days. Just like muzikteechur above, I'm very lucky to play in a soul band with a bass player who can choose to play very convincingly in Jamerson's style and when he does, it elevates the music. So melodic - and it always propels the music rather than sounding busy.
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That is genius! So tight for so many notes. I know players that have the notes they just don't have the groove!!!

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Comparable to Charlie Parker.. a true genius, and in ways I cannot explain.. he is incomparable... he has no equal. Oh, in my opinion.

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I would say Jamerson taught me 90% of what I know about bass playing. (Jaco's responsible for most of the rest, but it's still a small fraction of JJ's influence).

 

Jamerson made me, and probably several thousand others want to learn to play bass. Long before I ever knew his name, his tunes filled my young ears on AM radio, and put a hook in my heart, and a groove in my bones . One of the first songs I toiled away to learn was "I Was Made to Love Her" by ear. Years later the book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" was published, and learning Jamerson's lines always gives me a feeling of accomplishment. He was a genius musician.

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I would say Jamerson taught me 90% of what I know about bass playing. (Jaco's responsible for most of the rest, but it's still a small fraction of JJ's influence).

 

Jamerson made me, and probably several thousand others want to learn to play bass. Long before I ever knew his name, his tunes filled my young ears on AM radio, and put a hook in my heart, and a groove in my bones . One of the first songs I toiled away to learn was "I Was Made to Love Her" by ear. Years later the book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" was published, and learning Jamerson's lines always gives me a feeling of accomplishment. He was a genius musician.

 

Learning every transcription from "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" made me a much better bassist! :rawk:

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Thanks for the additional video! These videos are making me appreciate how often (and effectively) Jamerson used the technique of alternative octaves with the same note. Never occurred to me before how often he does that.

 

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