muß man haben, gut gemacht, auch wenn nicht immer 100% Noten und die Aufnahmen überein stimmen. Mit James Jamerson hat der moderne E-Bass angefangen und jeder, der ihn wirklich auschecken will, muß dieses Buch spielen.
This book is a must for any musician who has an appreciation for melody, r&b, or Motown. Many people have heard Mr. Jamerson's work, but don't know who he is. This book not only introduces you to the man, his method and influences, but also includes instructional material to help a bassist, guitarist, or keyboardist develop the ability to play a melody within a melody without interfering with other instruments or vocals. I like this book not only for what was previously mentioned but also for the Motown historical pictures and content. One will have no regrets getting their hands on this masterpiece.
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!
I owned this book once before some years ago, and, unfortunately, after my fellow bassist got "hip" to it being on my shelf, it disappeared. While I was happy to pass on the knowledge of James Jamerson's work to others, several days ago, I realized this is a "must have" for anyone serious about learning the art of developing fluid, yet inventive and distinctive bass lines. Hence, I have purchased another copy. Even a cursory analysis of the material presented in this book reveals that Jamerson was a master of the unexpected and the beautiful with regard to not only rhythm, but also harmony (check out his use of "passing" tones!). It also was enlightening to learn the depth of his musical background, including his work on the double bass - some of which occurs on his Motown work. Although my own tastes tend to lean toward "free jazz," James Jamerson's work, as presnted here, reminded me that the music - no matter what genre - always must be infused with the pulse of life to truly move people and transform the world.
Dieses Buch ist eine wunderbare Dokumentation, gespickt mit vielen Details und unterhaltsamen Geschichten über die Musiker des Motown-Labels. Für jeden Bassisten sind die Playbacks und Transcriptionen der Jamerson Basslinien eine wahre Herausforderung. Die Playbacks sind durchwegs gut aufgenommen und im Stereobild kann man den Bass oder die Band ausblenden. Super zum Üben! Wer die Originale der Motown Songs hat, kann auch wunderbar Vergleiche anstellen zwischen James Jamerson und den Bassisten der Playbacks. Das einzig Schade, dass keine Melodien oder Vocals bei den Playbacks dabei sind.
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.
A great Book on a Great Musician that put the Bottom on many of Motowns biggest songs.without his trademark signature sound the songs would have been empty.he is one of the forefathers of Bass.the Man had a style&touch all of his own.
IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE ORIGINS OF NOT ONLY STUDIO AND LIVE BASS PERFOMANCE, BUT ADDTIONALLY MUSIC HISTORY. THIS BOOK/CD COMBO IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST! IT IS VERY READABLE, AND THE CD'S WILL SEND YOU BACK TO THE WOOD SHED TO PRACTICE. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD MOTOWN'S HIT SONGS, BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHO WAS PLAYING THOSE GREAT BASS LINES. JAMES JAMERSON WAS A TERRIFIC TALENT, MORE PEOPLE SHOULD BE AWARE OF HIS CONTIRBUTION, TO NOT ONLY EXPLORING THE BOUNDRIES OF THE FENDER ELECTRIC BASS, BUT ALSO THE DOUBLE BASS.
James Jamerson put the rhythm in rhythm and blues! This book is not only the biography of a musician that had a great influence on pop music of the 60's and 70's, but is an instructional text and audio CD. Since the bass line is so important in all genres of music, I feel this work should be included in any music library, and especially in the library of musicians of all ages.