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Motown Bass (Bass Signature Licks)-Guitar Tab-Music Book [Paperback]

Dave Rubin
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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Com edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634015206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634015205
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 23.5 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

This is a book from the signature licks series for bass, which provides A step-by-step breakdown of the bass styles and techniques of Motown. This edition comes with an audio CD.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic 4 Jan 2009
Pretty much the same songs as the "Motown Bass Classics" book
Ain't too proud to beg
Dancing in the street
For once in my life
Get Ready
I can't help myself
I heard it through the grapevine
I second that emotion
Its the same old song
My girl
My guy
Reach out, Ill be there
Shot gun
Stop! In the name of love
Whats going on
You keep me hanging on
(All James Jameson bass lines)
However this is not simply the sheet music to the songs. For that, get the Motown Bass Classics book, but you're better off with this. Each song is presented as a song/artist history and a breakdown of each song section. The CD is divided up in the same way so you can practice each piece.

I find the best way to use this is to load each one into a clever sound file editor. That way you can slow it down without changing pitch (and you will want to). This will help you get the riff into your fingers, and also help you to follow the notation.

To have the complete songs would be a breach of copyright, but if you have a compilation, they are probably on there. This is either a great way to learn the authentic versions to play covers. Its also a great exercise for any bass player in any genre to play a mix of fun tunes and technique stretches.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motown Bass Guitar Book 1 Aug 2010
By TN FFT
Good book. Probably for more intermediate players, as I was struggling to begin with. Well laid out and easy to read. Only comment would be that I thought it was going to contain all of each song fully transcribed rather than snippets and sections. The CD also has only sections of the songs.

However as they are all very well known it is easy to pick them up with the original arrangements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome introduction to Motown bass playing 16 Aug 2009
By D.E. Hull - Published on Amazon.com
I have most of the other book/CD instructional manuals on Motown and R&B bass playing (including Dr. Licks' "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" and Ed Friedland's "R&B Bass Masters") and really prefer this approach.

Rubin picks 15 absolutely classic Motown songs with bass lines ranging from fairly simple ("My Girl") to rather complex ("For Once in My Life" and "Reach Out, I'll Be There"). He breaks each song into easily-digested sections and studies them section-by-section.

In the book, the bass lines are presented in standard notation and in tablature format and written discussions review the history of the song and pay special attention to the bassist's style and technique.

On the CD, the music for each section is played by a band with the bass part solo'ed on one channel. The arrangements played are true to the originals and the bass parts are very accurate transcriptions of the classic lines from the original hit recordings. When the bass part for a particular section is complex, the CD features a slowed-down bass-only version so the person playing along can learn more easily.

This approach is very effective! Sure, the "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" book is great because it gets into some more obscure songs and because it features famous bass players playing the songs. That approach, however, works more as an appreciation of a style or as a "master class" for more advanced bass players than it does as an introduction to that style. Rubin's "Motown Bass" is the great introduction that bassists have never had but always needed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motown Bass a Go Go 16 Aug 2007
By M. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. The transcriptions are spot-on, and for those music efficianodoes, the theory-based explanations are great. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars is the recording quality is less than stellar.
28 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big dissappointment 19 July 2005
By Grant G. White III - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very dissappointed with this product. I will start with some obvious errors in the text of the booklet. I will avoid commenting on the technical aspects because I am a beginner. However, I consider myself a fair historian with regards to Motown music. Some of my comments may appear nit-picky, however, I discovered quite a few mistakes in just a brief glance through the book. This makes me wonder about the accuracy of the technical portion. First, the choice of cover picture seems inappropriate. The title of this product is 'Motown Bass' with a focus on legendary bassist James Jamerson. Therefore, it would be more appropriate to at least have Jamerson's picture on the cover. The introduction to 'I heard it through the Grapevine' appears to contain erroneous information. Marvin Gaye actually recorded his verions first but Gladys Knight's version, while recorded about a year later, was released first (1967) Gayes version was released around 1970.

'Gettin Ready' has Rare Earth boldly listed alongside it. While Rare Earth did record a cover of 'Gettin Ready', it was originally released in 1966 and was a moderate success for the Temptations, not Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, although it was written by Smokey. As for Mary Wells 'My Guy' the opening piece was actually lifted from 'Canadian Sunset' not 'Begin the Beguine'. Finally, James Jamerson was credited for playing practially all the bass with the exception of a few self- contained groups (Rare Earth and Jr. Walker and the All Stars), actually, Jamerson played on many of Jr. Walker's hits. It makes me wonder what types of errors are present on the technical aspects of this book. In addition, the CD was poor. There is a much superior 2-CD sampling of Jamerson (and Motown) work on Dr. Licks - 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Times of Legenary Motown Bassist James Jamerson. In addition, the soundtrack to the movie 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown' (Disc 2) featuring the Funk Brothers is excellent, highlighting James work along with the other exceptional musicians at Motown.
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected 5 Aug 2014
By robert - Published on Amazon.com
the book wasn't what i expected, I was looking for a book with tabs
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book but 30 Dec 2013
By PM - Published on Amazon.com
What hurted me is to see the front photo of great bluesman Willie Kent instead of great Motown bass genius James Jamerson.
There share some common things:
1) they are both very good.
2) they both play bass
3) they are both black men.

In the photo they removed the name of Willie Kent which was stuck on his bass.

Love to all the great black american musicians!
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