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Funk and Groove without slap?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by TSkills, May 19, 2011.

  1. TSkills


    Jul 1, 2009
    I'm primarily a rock player, but have been getting more and more into Funk and Groove styles. The thing is, I don't slap and at this point I'm not really interested in it. Are there any good tunes/bands that don't have too much slap?
  2. Any james brown! Early motown with jamerson. The meters. Earth wind and fire.
  3. Jibudo


    Mar 13, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
    Tower of Power and anything with Bernard Edwards
  4. Ah yes, Chic! My band plays good times. Very nice groove!
  5. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I play the same way with no slap though I do pulls now and then, look at duck dunn and his stuff
  6. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Check out Jamiroquai.
  7. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    +1 Jamerson (most old motown hits), Duck Dunn (booker t & the Mgs, Blue Bros band), and George Porter JR (Meters)

    also check out Sharon Jones The Dap Kings, for an awesome contemporary revival of the old school dirty funk thing...

    But first, and for most, James Jamerson. plenty to google on you tube.
  8. bassramos


    Feb 13, 2006
    Chicago North
    Most funk has no slap bass.
  9. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I would go out on a limb and say slap is the exception rather than the rule in funk/r&b.

    James Brown, P-Funk, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Meters--there's some tasty fingerstyle playing!
  10. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    The Meters
  11. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    +1 for Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power

    I'll also say Dwight White. He plays some mean grooves on some of that old Lou Rawls music on Live at the Century.

    James Jamerson is as funky as anyone! And Duck Dunn who was also mentioned is killing it!
  12. bassix67


    Apr 5, 2010
    Concord, CA
    Anthony Jackson w/Chaka Khan. Dictionary of grooves.
  13. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Herbie Hancock with Paul Jackson (!!!). The Meters. Really can't go wrong with anything suggested so far. :cool:
  14. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I thought Anthony played with a pick...
    oh wait this was asking for "no slap" not "no pick"...my mistake :p
  15. cableguy

    cableguy Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    Funk is a genre, slap is a playing style. They can go together but don't have to. Prime example are Jamerson & Dunn.
  16. deckard


    Apr 4, 2003
    Definitely Rocco & T.O.P.... definitely!!!

    Also, check out Paul Jackson... esp. his work with Headhunters.

    Not necessarily "funk" players as such, but can get very funky in pretty much the same way:

    Jaco and Michael Manring.

  17. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    My thoughts exactly.
  18. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    I hate slap and im one funky bass player.. all the above recommendations are gold.. dont forget about bootsy and p-funk...

    Some of the funkiest bass players never slapped ever
  19. Umm...how about Jaco? The Chicken, Come On Come Over, etc. Pretty hardcore finger funk. Also Jerry Jemmot with King Curtis, BB King, etc. Jerry can lay it down.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Not all the time...I would say the vast majority of his stuff is fingers & not pick.
    Jackson is more known for being a NON-Slap/Pop voice (of reason).

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