Good funk players who use a pick?

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  1. Marriedwithbass

    Marriedwithbass

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    Hi Guys,

    I just wondered if anybody knows any funk players who use a pick as I would like to try it and would like some examples to listen to?

    Ta
     
  2. GastonD

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    I guess Rod Ellicott of the late -60's and early -70's band Cold Blood would fit in your description.

     
  3. mancefine

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    The bassist of The Killers, though not necessarilly a funk band, plays very funk-esque basslines with a pick.
     
  4. jaypee

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    Bobby effing Vega!!!!!
     
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    Top of the list for me is Average White Band. Funk 101. Name of Hamish Stuart I think.
     
  8. ggoat!!!

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    Joe Osborn!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Osborn

    Joe Osborn was considered a "first-call" bassist among Los Angeles studio musicians (known as The Wrecking Crew), and he worked with well-known producers such as Lou Adler and Bones Howe, frequently in combination with drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel. His bass can be heard on many of the hit records cut in Los Angeles during that time, along with numerous film scores and television commercials.

    Osborn's instrument throughout most of his recording career was a 1960 Fender stack-knob Jazz Bass, which was given to him by Fender just prior to touring in Australia with Ricky Nelson. Osborn said he was initially disappointed that Fender had not sent a Precision model, which he had been using. But he said he grew to like the Jazz Bass because the narrower neck made it easier for his short fingers. He strung the bass with LaBella flatwounds that he did not change for 20 years. His style is distinctive, with a resonant, bright tone produced, in part, by his use of a plectrum (pick).

    Many producers and arrangers chose to spotlight his contributions by mixing the bass line more prominently than had been customary, and incorporating brief bass solos into their arrangements. His playing can be heard on records by such well-known groups as The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, and The 5th Dimension. Osborn can be heard on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" and the 5th Dimension's version of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In".

    Osborn also played on many of Neil Diamond's major hits in the late 1960s and early to middle 1970s, including the hauntingly unique bass lines on "Holly Holy" in 1969. Osborn is also known for his discovery and encouragement of the popular brother-and-sister duo, The Carpenters.

    With a recording career that spanned three decades, one can assume there might be a few hit songs along the way. In bassist Joe Osborn’s case, the number is around 200. This list contains songs that appeared on the pop charts. According to Joe, it’s a little incomplete due to the fact that he can’t remember every session. In his days in Nashville, Osborn played on 53 certifiable number one songs on the country charts.

    Arranged By Year - Artist - Title - Chart Position

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Travelin’ Man - 1
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring - 1
    1965 - Barry Maguire - Eve Of Destruction - 1
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Monday Monday - 1
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town - 1
    1967 - Association - Windy - 1
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues - 1
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Dizzy - 1
    1970 - Carpenters - Close To You - 1
    1970 - Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rose - 1
    1970 - Partridge Family - I Think I Love You - 1
    1970 - Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1
    1972 - Helen Reddy - I Am Woman - 1
    1973 - Carpenters - Top Of The World - 1
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn – 1
    1974 - Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman – 1
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Memphis - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Count Me In - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Save Your Heart For Me - 2
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Dedicated To The One I Love - 2
    1968 - Association - Never My Love - 2
    1968 - Richard Harris - Macarthur Park - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - Superstar - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun - 2
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - One Less Bell To Answer - 2
    1971 - Carpenters - Rainy Days And Mondays - 2
    1972 - Carpenters - Hurting Each Other - 2
    1973 - Carpenters - Yesterday Once More - 2
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – 2
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man - 3
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ - 3
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Stone Soul Picnic - 3
    1968 - Monkees - Valleri - 3
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - Little Women - 3
    1971 - Carpenters - For All We Know - 3
    1973 - Carpenters - Sing - 3
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Leave Me Alone – 3
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown - 4
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin’ - 4
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - San Francisco - 4
    1974 - America - Tin Man - 4
    1975 - Carpenters - Only Yesterday – 4
    1962 - Rick Nelson - Teenage Idol - 5
    1962 - Rick Nelson – Young World - 5
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Words Of Love - 5
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Creeque Alley - 5
    1968 - Grass Roots - Midnight Confession - 5
    1968 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In - 5
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Julie - Do You Love Me - 5
    1974 - Neil Diamond - Longfellow Serenade - 5
    1975 - America - Lonely People - 5
    1977 – Kenny Rogers - Lucille – 5
    1962 - Rick Nelson - It’s Up To You - 6
    1964 - Rick Nelson – For You - 6
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - I Saw Her Again - 6
    1966 - Tommy Roe - Hurray For Hazel - 6
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Ruby - 6
    1969 - Neil Diamond - Holly Holy - 6
    1970 - Barbra Streisand - Stoney End - 6
    1972 - Johnny Rivers - Rockin’ Pneumonia - 6
    1971 - Partridge Family - Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted – 6
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Seventh Son - 7
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Up Up And Away - 7
    1969 - Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer - 7
    1971 - Tommy Roe - Stagger Lee - 7
    1972 - Carpenters - Goodbye To Love – 7
    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Green Grass - 8
    1968 - Boyce & Hart - I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonight - 8
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Jam Up - Jelly Tight - 8
    1972 - America - Ventura Highway - 8
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Didn’t Get To Sleep At All - 8
    1975 - Helen Reddy - No Way To Treat A Lady – 8
    1961 - Rick Nelson - Hello Mary Lou - 9
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Mountain Of Love - 9
    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be The Same - 9
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - La La La - 9
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Easy Come Easy Go - 9
    1971 - Grass Roots - Sooner Or Later - 9
    1971 - Partridge Family - I’ll Meet You Halfway - 9
    1973 - Art Garfunkel - All I Know - 9
    1973 - B.W. Stevenson - My Maria - 9
    1974 - Helen Reddy - You And Me Against The World - 9
    1975 - Austin Roberts - Rocky - 9
    1978 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again - 9
    1982 - Sylvia - Nobody – 9
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Tracks Of My Tears - 10
    1968 - Association – Everything That Touches You - 10
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Arizona - 10
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - If I Could Reach You - 10
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Nights Are Forever – 10
    1961 - Rick Nelson - A Wonder Like You - 11
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Somethin’s Burnin’ - 11
    1974 - Carpenters - I Won’t Last A Day Without You - 11
    1963 - Rick Nelson - Fools Rush In - 12
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Maybelle - 12
    1968 - Cass Elliott - Dream A Little Dream - 12
    1971 – Fifth Dimension - Never My Love - 12
    1972 - Carpenters - It’s Going To Take Some Time - 12
    1972 - Austin Roberts - Something’s Wrong With Me - 12
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Peaceful - 12
    1976 - Carpenters - There’s A Kind Of Hush – 12
    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - My Heart Symphony - 13
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Sweet Blindness - 13
    1971 - Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How To Love Him - 13
    1972 - Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning - 13
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Summer Rain - 14
    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Paint Me A Picture - 15
    1969 - Grass Roots - I’d Wait A Million Years - 15
    1971 - Grass Roots - Temptation Eyes - 15
    1974 - Helen Reddy - Keep On Singing – 15
    1961 - Rick Nelson – Ever Lovin’ - 16
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Go Where You Wanna Go - L 6
    1971 - Grass Roots - Two Divided By Love - 16
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - Cry Like A Baby - 16
    1981 - Carpenters - Touch Me When We’re Dancin’ – 16
    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You - 17
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tell It All Brother - 17
    1975 - Carpenters - Solitaire – 17
    1976 - Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You – 18
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Muddy Water - 19
    1968 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Sealed With A Kiss - 19
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - But You Know I Love You - 19
    1970 - Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back - 19
    1971 - Fifth Dimension - Love Lines Angels & Rhymes - 19
    1976 - Helen Reddy - Somewhere In The Night - 19
    1982 - Michael Murphy - What’s Forever For – 19
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Midnight Special - 20
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Twelve Thirty - 20
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Workin’ On A Groovy Thing - 20
    1970 - Michael Parks - Long Lonesome Highway - 20
    1972 - Partridge Family - It’s One Of Those Nights - 20
    1977 - Olivia Newton John - Sam – 20
    1967 – Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Where Will Words Come From - 21
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Blowing Away - 21
    1977 – England Dan & John Ford Coley - It’s Sad To Belong – 21
    1975 - Helen Reddy - Emotion – 22
    1967 - Grass Roots - Things I Should Have Said - 23
    1967 - Tommy Roe - It’s Now Winter’s Day - 23
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Try A Little Kindness - 23
    1977 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Gone Too Far - 23
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Look Through My Window - 24
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - Like An Old Time Movie - 24
    1969 - Grass Roots – Heaven Knows - 24
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Puppet Man - 24
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Hey Mr. Sun – 24
    1963 - Rick Nelson - String Along - 25
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - California Soul - 25
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Silver Bird – 25
    1976 - Carpenters - I Need To Be In Love - 26
    1964 - Rick Nelson - The Very Thought Of You - 26
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Where Have All The Flowers Gone - 26
    1967 - Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - 26
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Glad To Be Unhappy - 26
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Where’s The Playground Suzie - 26
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Reuben James - 26
    1968 - Boyce & Hart - Alice Long - 27
    1970 - Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream - 27
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Save The Country – 27
    1966 - Grass Roots - Where Were You When I Needed You - 28
    1969 - Grass Roots - Bella Linda - 28
    1972 - Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – 28
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Carpet Man - 29
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Heather Honey - 29
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - The Drum – 29
    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Morning - 30
    1969 - Cass Elliott - It’s Getting Better – 30
    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang – Makin’ Every Minute Count - 31
    1969 - Grass Roots - The River Is Wide - 31
    1971 - Glen Campbell - Dream Baby - 31
    1974 - Albert Hammond - I’m A Train – 31
    1970 - John Philips - Mississippi - 32
    1973 - Fifth Dimension – Living Together, Growing Together - 32
    1977 - Carpenters - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – 32
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Under Your Spell Again - 33
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Heed The Call - 33
    1976 - Olivia Newton John - Don’t Stop Believin’ – 33
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Paper Cup - 34
    1972 - Grass Roots - Glory Bound - 34
    1973 - Neil Diamond - Be - 34
    1974 - Art Garfunkel - Second Avenue – 34
    1969 - Glen Campbell – True Grit - 35
    1970 - Grass Roots - Baby Hold On - 35
    1973 - America - Don’t Cross River - 35
    1975 - Helen Reddy - Bluebird - 35
    1977 - Carpenters - All You Can Get From Love – 35
    1968 - Glen Campbell - I Want To Live - 36
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Let It Be Me - 36
    1969 - Cass Elliott - Make Your Own Kind Of Music – 36
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Together Let’s Find Love – 37
    1974 - Art Garfunkel - I Shall Sing - 38
    1975 - Johnny Rivers - Blue Suede Shoes – 38
    1967 - Boyce & Hart - Out And About - 39
    1968 - Association - Time For Lovin’ - 39
    1968 - Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind - 39
    1972 - Grass Roots – The Runaway - 39
    1973 - Partridge Family - Look Through The Eyes Of Love – 39
    1966 - The Turtles - You Baby - 40

    WOW!!!
     
  9. Pacman

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    This.

    Also, I never knew his middle name ;-)
     
  10. Smit_Dogg

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    Cody Wright.... You will be hard pressed to find a better display of pick playing than this young gun.
     
  11. electracoyote

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    When they get punk funk, that dude from Extreme is a pick player. I think.

    And he does some pretty nifty lines.
     
  12. bass12

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    I'm not seeing any funk there... ;)

    Bobby Vega is at the top of my list. Anthony Jackson, while not necessarily a "funk" player, played some very funky lines using a pick.
     
  13. Hankenstein

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    Bobby Vega
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  14. jaypee

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    ...yes not many have earned such a middle name!...
    He's a bad, bad man!:cool:
     
  15. Jared Lash

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    Yeah, Bobby Vega tops the list for me too.

     
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  16. Smit_Dogg

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    Check out Cody, his main bass influence is Bobby Vega.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFVVY7pyOmI&sns=em
     
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    Lamont from Brainstorm? I didn't know that. One of my faves.
     
  18. Marriedwithbass

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    Thanks all,

    Cody Wright is awsome, thats the style I'd like to incorporate into my playing, lots of muting and accents:



    It also helps that we have the same last name...
     
  19. chuck norriss

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    vega + jazz + Acoustic 360
     
  20. sleeplessknight

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    'that guy' from Sly and the Family Stone uses a pick, I'm pretty sure. At least he does on 'High On You'.
     
  21. JimmyM

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    High On You was a Sly Stone solo album, and Bobby Vega played it.
     

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