Bass Transcriptions and More by bassist Dave Fink Transcriptions. Darling Dear · The House On Website. bio/. TRANSCRIPTION OF JAMES JAMERSON’S BASSLINE TO. “YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING” by THE TEMPATIONS by PAUL WOLFE -to-play-bass. com. Welcome to this collection of James Jamerson transcriptions. There’s also some bonus Motown transcriptions.

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Actually, that’s the thing, the bass was pretty hot in the mix, if you listen to it carefully in any Motown recording. This is an all time great bass line Was he using the foam under the strings? Every measure is unique, there is not a single measure that repeats throughout the tune and yet the groove is utterly compelling from start to finish. Here are some comments I’ve gotten about my isolated Motown tracks. I think it was Golden World Studios when Gordy bought it out.

You’ve done the bass community a service. These guys are all my heroes, so it’s very moving to listen to the tone, the distortion, the technique This was demolished a few years ago to make a parking lot for a strip mall. Many family members gave me great shit for not selling this stuff, although a few did understand my altruism.

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I had about 20 pounds of documents in a box at my house for about a year before I really examined it. Not a subject for everyone, but fascinating if its your bag. What a gift – thank you so much for letting me listen.


As a self-described “urban explorer”, he had been to Berry Gordy’s Motown Center in downtown Detroit several times over the years, but it was his last visit to the building that enabled him to come away with a boxful of of rare and historic Motown documents, not long before the city demolished the structure in preparation for their hosting of the Super Bowl that year.


Thank you so much! In a way, the bass in these old tracks kind of is like a choreographed dance. I have no doubt reasonable former bass-playing people in the record industry can be open minded enough to see the good in all of this and realize that hearing Motown bass this way is our version of “the bottom line”.

Feel free to e-mail me, I welcome the feedback. I had no intention of eBaying this stuff, no intention of wanting to ‘own’ such things either. Not long ago I was contacted by Detroit photographer and local historian Randy Wilcox, who complimented me on my site and thanked me for putting the time into it.

Once again, I offer these Motown tracks for study purposes only and clearly with good intention for the bass community.

But I am also obsessed with its mangled beauty and bbass powerful rich history. James Jamerson Discography To read a rare Jamerson interview, click this link: You have such a generous spirit to make these basslines available in this format. The part that mentions ‘Motown Recording Company’ is my donation.

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An invaluable resource for those seeking the ‘answer’ to some of Jamerson’s classics! Yes, it is very ajmes out, and third world as far as modern cities go. Of course, Marvin was the producer, so most of the notes are in his handwriting. I wanted the documents to stay in Detroit, and personally I believe they are a very important part of African American history, aside from music and Detroit history.

The second book of Transcriptions is called Motown Bass Classics. The 3 guitars were mixed to one track while you were recording live, Jamerson had his own bass track, the drums were cut on one, sometimes on 2 tracks The piano on one, percussion on another.

For copyright reasons I can’t include the actual Motown-released recordings for comparison, but on all tunes I’ve included a stripped-down mix of the original track, minus drums, to help hear the bass parts in context with the actual song.


I’ve uploaded Jamerson’s original bass tracks from several classic Motown recordings. Very cool vid to listen to!

This might be hard to find — but track it down if you can. My personal explorations of the City ended up being detroitfunk. Don’t use the sub to sell or advertise your gear with very few exceptions, ask the mods.

I am also a bassist and was floored to discover the James Teanscriptions tracks!! For years I heard those tracks, amazing to hear it isolated that way. Amazing, the power of the Internet.

He was curious how I actually obtained them, and even asked if the bass tracks were actually me playing, to which of course I replied how flattered I was at the mere suggestion. It’s all in transcdiptions, in the heart.

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As far as I know this is one of the few live recordings available to feature Jamerson, if anyone knows different please let me know via the contact form. On occasion I’ll add some of the comments here. If you planned to sweeten the tracks, you had to either do a different mix when you recorded the original tracks or make an 8 Track to 8 Track transfer and put the perc and drums together etc.

The most important thing was the producers’ studio notes for the month that “Whats Goin On” was recorded. I am so thrilled! It’s encouraging to hear that as brilliant as they are, they still sound very ‘human’.

Don’t believe the hype and bullshit people spread about this city. Motown Center was just one of the historic places my group explored over the years.