Disco & Funk

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by God_of_bass, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. Im lookin to improve my disco and funk techniques and bring these new techniques to my rock/funk/pop band, any ideas of techniques/songs using these techniques? an Example is ocatve plucks ........
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    There's a couple methods to playing those Disco octaves...

    There's straight 1/8th notes-

    This is a popular pattern-



    How 'bout triplets-
    /1&a2&a3&a4&a/ BOLD = LOWER octave

    Needless to say, you can mix & match any of these rhythms as you feel 'em...play 'em staccato, legato, or in some combination thereof.

    Other techniques to explore-
    1)The Shake(listen to the verse on EW&F's "Shining Star").

    2)Slide & trill-
    Example: On the G-string,
    a)Slide 4th finger from a "C" up to a "D"
    b)1st finger back on "C" & trill between "C" & "C#".

    Try plugging this in various parts of the bar.
    Does it seem to work 'better' in some places than pthers?
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Excellent post...you da man. :cool:
  4. i appreciate those tips, i tryin to incorporate tehm into playin, its making me realise how my grasp of rhythmn is poor! have u got anymore techniques, i heard fleas playin on "right on Time" is stolen from some disco/funk hit! all help welcomed
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    That Flea figure on "Right On Time" is blantantly Disco...though you can't tell his die-hard fans that. ;)

    Another suggestion to to slide into each change(Larry Graham is the master of this).
    If you're playing a LOW "C" + its octave up to a LOW "D" + its octave...
    1)Play the LOW "C"
    2)Play the octave
    3)Play an OPEN "A"
    4)Slide into the LOW "D" from the A-string's "Bb"
    5)Play the octave

    And another-
    Sliding DOWN while sustaining the LOW note(I'm thinking about the Average White Band's "High Flying Woman" from Cut The Cake)-
    1)Play "E" @7th fret A-string & HOLD/SUSTAIN
    2)Play "E" @9th fret G-string(the above "E" is still sustaining)
    3)Play "D" @7th fret G-string by SLIDING DOWN with the 4th finger(fretting hand)...the LOW "D" @5th fret A-string should also be sounding.

    "Philly Mignon"... ;)
  6. thanks for taking the time those tips are great! any good songs to get me in the mood? bye
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I would definitely pick up AWB's Cut The Cake album.
    They're from your neck of the woods, right? ;)

    For some Larry Graham stuff-
    The tripletted octaves can be heard on "Your Love"(Graham Central Station's Greatest Hits, Vol 1...I forget the original album). "Your Love" is very similiar to Graham's line on Sly & The Family Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime".

    The 'galloping' octaves(1_&a2_&a3_&a4_&a)-
    Chic's 1st album(Bernard Edwards)...songs like "Dance, Dance, Dance" & "Everybody Dance".

    More(gulp)...the tune "Y.M.C.A." + practically anything by The Village People.
  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Special K,

    You are the bomb. (Or, you dropped the bomb on me. Baby.)
  9. Wow all these tunes are running through my head, I am sitting here humming a medly of Disco tunes, and my friend is eating a Pizza while dancing to the beat.
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