SITSOM Jamerson question

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by FenderPHead68, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. FenderPHead68


    Dec 3, 2020
    Hi all I recently got back into bass after a long hiatus. I really want to learn as much Jamerson as I can. I have the SITSOM book, the original version bought it back in the day but never went through it. My reading is not so good so I aslo got Jim Stinnett reading Motown and What makes Motown Bass Motown. Do you guys suggest I just hunker down and go though the SITSOM book or go with the Stinnets books first?
    The Stinnett books aren't exact Jamerson lines more of a study in how to read Jamerson type lines and they start out easy and get complex. I get very indesicive on what to practice and how to achieve this goal of going through the SITSOM book so not sure what the best approach is, any advice would be greatly appreciated..
  2. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Are you doing any learning by ear? And using the books to help figure out the more esoteric bits?

    Playing the notes is one thing. Getting the feel down is a whole other thing. Kind of need to do both simultaneously, IMO.
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  3. Both books are excellent resources. But if you really want to learn Jamerson then, IMHO, your primary focus should be SITSOM. Break it down to smaller chunks, the sections as notated. Heck, if you have to, break it down to a bar at a time. Not only will you be learning Jamerson, but your reading should improve also. And I would also echo @DirtDog to have the recordings on-hand to ensure you get the rhythm correct. If you don't have the CD that came with the book, you can access them thru Hal Leonard (at least you could last time I checked - some time ago).

    Good luck on your endeavor . . .
  4. FenderPHead68


    Dec 3, 2020
    I am doing both listening and reading, and I think like you guys said best to just dive in to SITSOM and take bar by bar...
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I might actually practice with some easy beginner stuff for reading before I tackle either one. Maybe do the easier ones in each book.
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  6. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    I take it you are also familiar with Jim Stinnett's youtube channel. I myself am looking forward to being able to spend more time on his Motown related lessons. Yes, I think they are more style and language related than specific songs, but they are all things Jamerson might do and they quote familiar licks.
  7. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I picked up SITSOM about 4 years into my playing, when I was not at all a reader
    I recommend buckling down and decoding the notation anyhow.
    you can understand it long before you can sight read it

    Start with igor’ s chromatic exercise
    Then pick a tune and make the effort to decode

    I swear I spent a week decoding that double dotted half note that starts What's Going On
    translating it to a bunch of tied eight notes and counting it out
    converting complex 16ths to half time 8ths to get the feel then speeding back up
    really trying to understand the subdivisions

    sure I could have just listened and mimicked
    But replaced my frustration with a curiosity and determination for learning
    I did the work and my understanding deepened
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