#1
I wanan get into some Motown songs for bass, but I simply don't know where to start What are some good songs/artists to look in to?
#3
look up Mayer Hawthorne
his **** is new
and i like it.
lol

just thought you should know.
it sounds like that kind of stuff.
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#4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funk_Brothers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Jamerson
http://www.ricksuchow.com/press-group-250.html

Bernadette
For Once In My Life
Darling Dear
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Nowhere To Run
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
What's Going On

But really, just put on your headphones, listen and find good tunes on your own.
#5
There's a bassist on youtube (his username is something like JamersonHook I think) who plays a lot of Jamerson bass parts, you should check him out, find some bass lines you like and learn them.

Edit, here's his page http://www.youtube.com/user/jamersonshook
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#6
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 are good names to start with. Try and find a "Best of Motown" or something like that, that should give you a good enough footing.
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#7
There is a great book and CD set out there based on a DVD of the same name called "Standing in the Shadows of Motown". Its about Jamerson and includes in the back transcriptions of some of Jamerson's most famous lines.

There are some great Motown CD / collections out there. THe meat and potatoes are between 1963 and 1975, so I'd recommend sticking to that time period. My favourites for bass?

Signed Sealed Delivered- Stevie Wonder (Bob Babbitt on bass)
Bernadette - Four Tops (James Jamerson)
Just a little Misunderstanding - the Contours (James Jamerson)
I Want you Back- Jackson 5 (Wilton Felder)
Nowhere to run - the Vandellas (James Jamerson)
This ol' Heart of mine - the Isley Brothers (Jamerson)
I'm a Roadrunner - Jr. Walker and the All Stars (Jamerson)
Ain't too proud to Beg - Temptations (Jamerson)

And a dozen more that I can't think of right now. And along with Motown, check out Stax/Volt. The R & B bass there is a bit more gritty but just as fun.
#8
the easiest motown songs to start with bass on are the pre-1966 era songs. according to other funk brothers that was the time that jamerson completely changed his style to the syncopated, highly melodic one we remember him for.

"it's the same old song"
"my girl"
"ain't no mountain high enough" (marvin gaye version. despite being from '67, it's more conservative than say ..."darling dear.")

these are doosies. i'm transcribing one for tab at the moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNCSDgVw8Rc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND-iW51idC0

edit: tam's right. standing in the shadows of motown is a must-have.
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#9
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funk_Brothers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Jamerson
http://www.ricksuchow.com/press-group-250.html

Bernadette
For Once In My Life
Darling Dear
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Nowhere To Run
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
What's Going On

But really, just put on your headphones, listen and find good tunes on your own.


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There is a great book and CD set out there based on a DVD of the same name called "Standing in the Shadows of Motown". Its about Jamerson and includes in the back transcriptions of some of Jamerson's most famous lines.

There are some great Motown CD / collections out there. THe meat and potatoes are between 1963 and 1975, so I'd recommend sticking to that time period. My favourites for bass?

Signed Sealed Delivered- Stevie Wonder (Bob Babbitt on bass)
Bernadette - Four Tops (James Jamerson)
Just a little Misunderstanding - the Contours (James Jamerson)
I Want you Back- Jackson 5 (Wilton Felder)
Nowhere to run - the Vandellas (James Jamerson)
This ol' Heart of mine - the Isley Brothers (Jamerson)
I'm a Roadrunner - Jr. Walker and the All Stars (Jamerson)
Ain't too proud to Beg - Temptations (Jamerson)

And a dozen more that I can't think of right now. And along with Motown, check out Stax/Volt. The R & B bass there is a bit more gritty but just as fun.


These are both pretty good lists to get you going. I'd also add Sir Duke and I Was Made to Love her (or was it born? I forget) by Stevie Wonder.
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#10
speaking of shadows of motown ... i'm still searching for it ... does anyone own it who could also scan the "ain't no mountain high enough" sheet music (i'm hoping it's the gaye version) and send it to me as a PDF or JPEG or whatever? it would be much appreciated as i see where the tab is going, but i would rather have the music. and in addition, i need to brush up on my bass clef skills so why the heck not?

thanks in advance!
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#11
^I can do that for a fellow mod. Give me a few days and I'll get it scanned and emailed. PM me your address.

And that's another great bass line, btw.
#12
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^I can do that for a fellow mod. Give me a few days and I'll get it scanned and emailed. PM me your address.

And that's another great bass line, btw.


awww! you're a sweetheart, tams. somebody already took me up on it at TB (i'm a traitor!) so don't worry bout it. much appreciated though! you're too kind.
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#13
Check out human nature, australias own (and probably one and only) motown band. Good bassist aswell.
#15
Another thing to remember is quite a few great R & B/soul songs of that era came out of smaller labels as well. For instance one of my favourite bass lines from that era is "Cool Jerk" by the Capitols, which was released on some obscure midwest label.

Its worth digging through the bins of your local used record store for compilation albums; there's some pure gold out there bass - wise.
#16
The book has the full version of the Gaye/Terrell of Ain't No Mountain High Enough, as well as parts of the DIana Ross version - which I consider one of the worst vocal performances I've heard. The instrumental of that track is amazing, one of my all-time favorites, but with Diana Ross... I shudder.
#18
Whooaaaa thanks for all the posts guys, didn't expect this much feedback