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Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson (book and CD) Paperback – CD, 1 Jul 1996

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Com edition (1 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881888826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881888829
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove-the invisible entity whose bass playing inspired thousands of imitators, and made it impossible for anyone to sit still whenever a Motown record was playing.


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I endorse the other reviews. This is a great book for bass. You can really get moving when playing theses tunes.
However, beware that the notation used is musical. There is NO TAB. Therefore you must be able to read music or the book is hard/impossible to follow.
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James Jamerson was the greatest bassist ever, and every bassist of note acknowledges his influence. Some of the world's greatest bassists play his tracks on the 2 CDs, which you can listen to as just bass, just the other instruments or both. Your bass playing will improve, and so will your groove. Don't buy any other bass books until you've learned everything in this one. If you play bass, get this book now, and if you don't play, get the book anyway and start funking!
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This is a must have if you play upright or electric bass, even if you just love motown music. I use the book and its CDs for teaching myself and others the incredible styling and technique of James Jamerson, the "Funk Machine". Dig it.
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This is an excellent book, absolutely essential I would say for the aspiring bassist who is serious about their art. There are so many great basslines in here its hard to believe it all came from the soul and fingers of one incredibly talented man. A great biog, breakdown of his style, warm ups, equipment are all included - not to mention a load of great transcriptions of songs he played on, albeit as played by the bass stars of recent times. Its true, if you can't read music this book won't be of much use to you but my response is: ...learn to read music! I struggled with this book for ages myself until I learned to read and now I can play a lot of this book (not quite up to tempo but I'm getting there!).
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It was'nt until I picked up a Stevie wonder album and thought let's play that bass line on that track that I realised that whoever was playing that base line was Serious!! Then of course you find it was Jameson and you don't feel so bad not being able to play it first time you hear it...the book is a great insight into the man and his music plus it gives you the Base lines you've wanted to play for years on the CD's supplied with the book.extremely high recomend for all musicians who have appreciation of Motown (Black Music)in probably the most important decade for popular music....
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James Jamerson was arguably the first electric bassist who really explored the potential of the Fender bass. As a member of the Funk Brothers he played on just about every Motown track up until the early 1970's. At some point during late 1966 better recording technology (a sixteen track desk!) pushed his lines further forward in the mix and seemed to coax him into creating syncopated 16th note flurries that few other players could match. Although well paid he did not receive a single credit until Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'. Motown's move to L.A. and a well documented alcohol problem hampered his later career and after his death in 1983 another well respected bassist, Carol Kaye made spurious claims that she was the originator of much of Jamerson's work. This book contains a biography as well as transcriptions and recordings of Jamerson's best lines and should be essential reading for anyone who loves Motown or bass guitar. Be aware there are no tabs; you'll need to be able to read from the bass clef.
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i bought this for my husband for xmas.he's started playing bass guitar again after a few years break, and he's absolutely delighted.
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If so then you must buy this book.
It has been out for a while now but don't let that put you off, particulary if you are on the young side.Learning the riffs and full basslines will boost your knowledge of what can be done as well as sending your groove into hyperspace.No other bass player has influenced us more than this man.You must be able to read music so, if you can't THEN LEARN ,YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
To be a good bassman/woman you need a good knowledge of music and although this book is not a tutor it will give you an almighty push in the right direction.
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