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Stevie Wonder's, " For Once In My Life "

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by jnewmark, Jul 19, 2012.


  1. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Did a quick search for this tune, but came up empty. Anyone got a quick and dirty, " Fake Book " type arrangement for bass , or even a simple tab ? Not trying to cop the exact bass line, ( Jamerson ? ), just something to get me through a one time performance of this song for a wedding. Most of the free chord charts on line put it in D for some reason, but I need it in the original key, which I believe is F. Any kind of road map would be welcome ! :help:
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    The transcription in the SITSOM/Jamerson book...not an easy tune (changes, modulation).
     
  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Not familiar with this book. Got a link ?
     
  4. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
  5. bass_study

    bass_study

    Apr 17, 2012
    Standing in the shadow of Motown
     
  6. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
  7. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
  8. deafman

    deafman

    Oct 29, 2011
    sacramento
    The full bass tab version is in one of my blues books from hal leonard.
     
  9. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Thanks for all the help, everyone. I've kinda muddled out a version of my own to get me through the night. Definitely not as busy as the original. If we keep playing the tune, I'll go back and try to nail it down. I found a used version of the Jamerson book, missing the cd's of course. I'm not much of a reader but some of those transcriptions seem a little odd. Great book, though. I found it interesting that on some of the tunes, like " I Want You Back ", how many different guys thought they played on it !
     
  10. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    What's so "odd" about the SITSOM transcriptions?

    Way back when, I shedded/learned verbatim the transcription for "For Once In My Life"...comments-
    "Why so busy"?
     
  11. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I dunno, as I said, I'm not much of a reader ! By " busy " I meant I was'nt copying Jamerson's lines note for note, just basically playing the changes for a one time performance. Ok ?
     
  12. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    That book made me a better reader...

    BTW, the "busy" comment was tossed at me when I played "For Once In My Life".
    I don't think people realize how "busy" Jamerson's line was on the tune.
     
  13. mozilla314

    mozilla314

    Dec 19, 2011
    Jamerson on "I Was Made to Love Her" by
    Stevie is even "busier". It's my favorite
    "busiest bass part on a pop song ever" track.
    Darling Dear and Ain't Nothing But the Real Thing
    are the other "busiest" Jamerson tracks.
     

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