The Rocco Half Mute Fretting Hand System

For those of you reading my Reconstructing Rocco column in First Bass And Beyond,

here’s a short clip someone posted to the ‘Toob showing Rocco’s explanation of the half mute sytem:

What’s Going On – James Jamerson And Marvin Gaye

Here’s the last in today’s celebration of Jamerson’s genius.  And this is the line legend says was recorded at 3AM whilst Jamerson was lying on his back (too drunk to stand) and sight reading a chart and improving on it at the same time.  Incredible song.  Incredible bass line.

Happy Birthday James.




I Heard It Through The Grapevine – James Jamerson And Marvin Gaye

Here’s the next in our celebration of Jamerson’s genius on his birthday:

Standing In The Shadows Of Love – James Jamerson And Levi Stubbs

Continuing our celebration of the one and only James Jamerson, here’s a remix of the bass line of Standing In The Shadows Of Love with Levi Stubb’s peerless voice on top:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – James Jamerson with Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Here’s one of my favourite Jamerson bass lines – Ain’t No MOuntain High Enough.  This time with the vocals.  Genius all round…

James Jamerson And The Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To You

Here’s a great video – it’s Jamerson’s isolated bass and the Tempations vocals.  Have a listen….fabulous!

James Jamerson – For Once In My Life – Isolated Bass and Visual Analysis

Today would have been James’s 78th birthday.  In celebration I’ll be posting a slew of Jamerson related videos!

First up is a visual analysis of For Once In My LIfe.  Really interesting: