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Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Robert Spencer, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Jr Walker & the All Stars. Thanks & take care. Bob
  2. Sorry I can't help with tabs and I'm sure someone else will chime in, but this song should be pretty simple to do by ear.
  3. Isn't it just the same 6 notes over and over again?
    Obviously you gotta be in the groove....
  4. I`m pretty much challenged as far as hearing is concerned. Its a lot of the reason I have taken up bass in the hope of training my ears to hear better.
    I knew it was a simple line but also felt it was one I could expand opon once learned. Can you please give me the six notes. Thanks & take care. Bob
  5. The majority is actually three notes....
    g#d#f#f#d#f#g#...Something like that or g string 6th fret, a string 6th fret, d string 4th fret twice, back to the a string 6th fret, d string 4th fret, and d string 6th fret :p
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  7. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Typical "Boogie" Riff pattern with some accent stabs. All in G#- gotta love those old Motown songs for "weird" keys... If you can't pick this out by ear after 30 minutes, there is something wrong. (Bass is prominent on the recording so it isn't buried)
  8. Thanks guys. Take care. Bob
  9. Those "weird" keys are actually quite common when working with horns. It is the horn key of Ab.
    I worked with a few horn bands and 1/2 the songs were in one of these keys: Ab, Bb, Eb
  10. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Jamerson was the man, because he owned those flat/sharp keys as well. And he found a way to use his open strings a good deal, which technically should have been completely dissonant. But he makes it sound so good and strong. Amazing. There will NEVER be another one like him. And did it without a 5-string!! ;-)
  11. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    I think it was actually recorded in G, then sped up some. The patterns are mixolydian.
  12. Jamerson does some subtle changes from verse to chorus even though the entire song is in one chord, Ab7
    It was most likely recorded as Ab7 and not in G sped up to G#(Ab).
    Horn players prefer Ab to G any day of the week.
    The song is based completely around the sax line.
  13. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    The real key to this song is to keep it "bouncy"...