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Nate Marsh: The Influence of Jazz on R&B Electric Bassists of the 1960s and 1970s
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Nate Marsh: The Influence of Jazz on R&B Electric Bassists of the 1960s and 1970s

Nate Marsh graduated from Berklee in 2012 and just finished his Masters of Music at the University of Colorado. He’s published his thesis, “The Influence of Jazz on R&B Electric Bassists of the 1960s and 1970s”, which is publicly available.

Darling Dear: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized
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Darling Dear: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

Leonardo van der Laat was inspired by Jack Stratton’s “visualization” videos of James Jamerson’s bass lines, so he set out to make his own. Check out Mr. Jamerson’s greatness on the Jackson 5’s “Darling Dear”.

Keep It Groovy: Learn To Play The Bass Line To “Ball Of Confusion” By The Temptations
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Learn To Play The Bass Line To “Ball Of Confusion” By The Temptations

If there’s one thing we know about Motown, it’s that the grooves are deep and bass legends like James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt have given us some incredible lines to learn from. Ryan Madora runs through “Ball Of Confusion” by The Temptations in this new “Keep It Groovy” bass lesson.

Paul Wolfe Publishes “Learning From James Jamerson” Instructional Book
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Paul Wolfe Publishes “Learning From James Jamerson” Instructional Book

Paul Wolfe of How-To-Play-Bass.com recently released an instructional book on how to play blues rock bass. Now he’s giving you tips to play like one of the greatest with “How To Play Bass – Learning From James Jamerson Vol. 1”.

James Jamerson’s Family Sets New Headstone Unveiling Ceremony
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James Jamerson’s Family Sets New Headstone Unveiling Ceremony

James Jamerson’s bass lines helped shape the sound of Motown and, in turn, the sound of R&B. The bassist, who passed away in 1983, will now have a proper headstone to match his legacy.

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: How To Play The Bass Line To “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”

Ryan Madora has a new bass lesson series on No Treble. “Keep It Groovy” kicks off with a lesson on how to play James Jamerson’s bass line on The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.

Michael Henderson Shines on Unearthed Marvin Gaye Instrumental Album
New Albums

Michael Henderson Shines on Unearthed Marvin Gaye Instrumental Album

Marvin Gaye’s iconic album “What’s Going On” turned 50 this year, and Motown/UMe celebrated with a deluxe digital edition. However, fans will be interested to hear an accompanying album called “Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals” - with Michael Henderson on bass.

James Jamerson Featured on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On Live”
New Albums

James Jamerson Featured on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On Live”

Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is a must-have album for bassists. Its songs are textbook examples of grooving by the late great Bob Babbitt and James Jamerson. Now you can hear Jamerson craft those bass lines in a newly reissued live album from 1972.

James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund
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James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund

Without a doubt, James Jamerson is a huge figure in the history of the electric bass. His work on countless Motown hits inspired scores of bassists while creating the groove that made a generation dance. Now his family wants his burial site to have a headstone to match his legacy. Jamerson’s cousin Anthony McKnight has started a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign...

James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction
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James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

If you’ve been online recently, you’ll know the most talked about story in the bass community in the last month has been the auction for a bass previously owned by James Jamerson. Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was reportedly given to fellow Detroit bassist Billy Hayes around that time. Hayes used...

James Jamerson Bass Up For Auction
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James Jamerson Bass Up For Auction

A bass guitar owned and played by Motown legend James Jamerson will be up for auction later this month. It’s not his infamously stolen Funk Machine, but it is a 1961 Fender Precision that he owned from 1962 until 1967 or 1968. It was then that the instrument was bestowed by the bass legend to fellow Detroit bassist Billy Hayes....

“The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition
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“The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition

A classic bass book is back in a revised edition. The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars, covers everything from the introduction of the electric bass guitar in the early 1950s up through today. Written by by music journalist Tony Bacon and UK bass retailer and distributor Barry Moorhouse, the book includes interviews with bass makers and...