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Essential Fingerstyle Funk

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Vorago, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Ok, I've been playing funk only for the last 2 weeks. Everytime I put on I wish by Stevie Wonder I start bopping around in my room from sheer funkiness. Anyway, here's what I've been playing along with:

    I wish, Sir Duke, Masta Blasta, Superstition by Stevie Wonder

    Too Funky by James Brown

    Shiftless Shuffle (go Jaco! go!), Chameleon, Just around the corner by Herbie Hancock

    Everybody Dance, Le Freak, Good Times by Chic

    I'm looking for more of the same stuff, so funkateers, enlighten me :cool:
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Tower Of Power! Rocco Prestia is the king of fingerstyle funk!
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Check out track 12 (Get On The Boat) on Prince's new cd, 3121! All I can say is......damn that's funky bass playin'!
  4. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Specific songs?
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    You Got To Funkifize
    Down To The Nightclub
    What Is Hip?
    Soul Vaccination
    Soul With A Capital 'S'
    Souled Out
    Diggin' On James Brown
    You Strike My Main Nerve
    So I Got To Groove
    Give Me Your Love
    Little Knowledge (Is A Dangerous Thing)
    Who Do You Think You Are
    Attitude Dance
    Funk The Dumb Stuff

    The entire 'Souled Out' cd!

    You asked! Simply, all they do is FUNK! I'm sure cats will point out other tunes but that's a starting point!
  6. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Ok, gotcha ;)
  7. verdine white bassist for earth wind and fire

    yearnin' learnin
    sun goddess

    alan gorrie from average white band

    got the love
    you got it
    i'm the one

    of course you need a bunch of james jamerson
  8. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    Check out the James Brown album "In The Jungle Groove", lots of cool Bootys lines, especially "I Got to Move"
  9. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    check out parliament funkadelic, aka p-funk.

    atomic dog, tear the roof off this sucker(or something like that), flashlight, bounce to this (possible a george clinton-only song).

    also check out kool & the gang, kool bell plays some very funky grooves.

    songs are:

    celebrate, hollywood nights, get down on it.

    Sly and the family stone/Graham central station.

    a couple of songs are:

    hair, dance to the music.
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Add "Knock Yourself Out", "Squib Cakes", "Oakland Stroke" and "Only So Much Oil On The Ground".
  11. middlebit


    Sep 10, 2005
    And add 'Just Enough and Too Much', 'Ebony Jam', 'Vuelo Por Noche' and 'Drop it In the Slot' to them too! Most of their albums from the 70's have very busy(some a tad too busy:) ) and funky basslines - even the ballads!
  12. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Jaco has lots of funky stuff as well, but three examples come to my mind: "Come On, Come Over" from his debut solo album, "The Chicken" from "The Birthday Concert" (awesome album BTW) and the "Jam In E" from the "Modern Electric Bass" video.
  13. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Maybe it's time to try Come on, come over on my fretless :D

    Basslines with lots of 16ths and muted notes are welcome, too.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Got The Love" is Gorrie...I'm pretty certain "You Got It" is Hamish & 100% positive that "I'm The One " is Hamish.
    Fingerfunk from Gorrie would be "Work To Do", "Groovin' The Night Away", "Soul Searching", etc.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Barbary Coast" is a big example of muted, staccato, 16th note fingerfunk.
  16. pauljacksonfan


    Jun 14, 2005
    Don't forget mr Anthony Jackson. He's an unstoppable juggernaut on a bunch of Chaka Khan songs. My favorite remains "Move me no mountain" from the Naughty album.

    But there's a whole lot more where thatv came from.

    Also; ras1983 was way off when suggesting Hair as a fingerstyle song since the whole thing i slapped/popped. In fact, Larry Graham has never utilized conventional fingerstyle. When not slapping, he still always plays with his thumb.

    Obviously you can't go wrong with Paul Jackson work with the Headhunters. Check out "Spank-a-lee", Actual proof, Hang up your hangups, Watermelon man, Spider, Canteloupe island, Spiralling prism and , if you dig the disco, Sunlight. Also remember to check out the Headhunters sans Hancock material like Straight from the gate and God make me funky.
  17. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    you know what; you're right. even on the sly and the family stone stuff, he utilised a lot of thumbing techniques to ride single notes.

    as far as paul jackson goes, i would also recommend chameleon by herbie hancock. its not an out and out funk song, but the bass line is a very solid funk inspired groove.

    also check out some RHCP stuff. while not being classic funk, some of their recordings such as 'falling into grace' off the one hot minute album are very funk inspired.
  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Funky Monks", "Mellowship Slinky In B Minor", "Apache Rose Peacock"...all from BSSM.
    "Walkabout" on OHM.
  19. Larry99


    Aug 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    anything by 'The Meters'

    RUN! ...don't walk, and get the 2 CD anthology called "Funkify Your Life." It is a must own for any electric bassist.
  20. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Kid Chrlemagne ... maybe not really funk?
    Palm Grease- Herbie Hancock

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