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I think I broke my brain

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by St. Louis Scot, Mar 9, 2014.


  1. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    So, in another online bass community I accepted a Motown challenge to learn a Motown bass line + analyze the use of chord tones and chromatics etc.

    So, like the dumb ass I am I go for For Once In My Life because, honestly, it made me wanna dance. What else can I say.

    Ouch! Now my brain hurts. As is typical with Jamerson grooves, the bass is non-stop and rarely repeats anything I would call a pattern :spit:

    I worked out the progression on piano and guitar first. I think it's F, F+, F6, F7, Gm, D+, Gm D+ etc. And that's just four measures! Then there's the bass that is constantly moving and using chromatics.

    (Insert exasperated sigh here) When I'm all done I'll post a video. But it may be towards the end of the month.
     
  2. Tagruvto

    Tagruvto

    Nov 2, 2011
    I just saw the Motown challenge over at SBL - good for you for really
    challenging yourself! I'll bet this will really pay off in the long run.
     
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  4. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    Wheh! I hope so. Sure is a lot of work. But its been very rewarding so far.
     
  5. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
    man thats a great exercise, and a real asskicker of a bassline.
     
  6. you should get the James jamerson book. It has cd's in it with all of his basslines. the cool thing is the left channel just has the bass pattern and the right has all the other instruments. so you can play along and learn how the parts fit.
     
  7. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
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    Fool For Four Strings
    Popped the song on, now my brain hurts trying to pick the parts out...good luck!
    *Which book?
     
  8. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."
     
  9. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Disclosures:
    Fool For Four Strings
    And here I only have the DVD...going to Amazon now...
     
  10. bluesdogblues

    bluesdogblues

    Nov 13, 2007
    IMHO Motown (or else) will look harder when analyzed, written etc than just play it.
    But actually the hardest part (or even impossible to copy) is 'the feel'..'the soulfulness' of it
     
  11. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Disclosures:
    Fool For Four Strings
    Dissecting why the Stax stuff sounds like made me a much better listener. Motown will do the same.
     
  12. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    I saw that book online a couple of days ago. I think I will pick it up after all.


    Yeah. I got some it worked out (verse 1). But honestly, it sounds a LOT more like me than like Jamerson, at least so far. We'll see.
     
  13. bluesdogblues

    bluesdogblues

    Nov 13, 2007
    All your effort will pay. You'll surely be a much better musician (and bass player) after that.
     
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 congrats that is cool and to be honest I don't think that song was played the same way ever :)
     



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