Okay, recently I realized how incompetent I am at funk. I was jamming with a few old pals, (guitar, drums, trumpet, sax, and keyboard) and we kept on switching up the styles. Jazz, I was fairly good on, I'm pretty confident in my walking basslines, and diff. chords that apply to Jazz. Rock, latin, ballads, I'm confident there too. We switch it up alot. But when the drummer yells out "Funk it up" to me, I get so utterly lost its sad. The only way I know how to funk it up is to slap and hit octaves. I have the rythm, I listen to alot of Tower of Power, Earth, Wind, and Fire, along with other Funk-stars and am confident on the different rythems. However all my funk basslines tend to sound the same. If I'm lucky the guitar or keyboard player will pick a chord to play, or make a melody to play off of. But if heaven forbid everyone wants to build off me and a chord I pick, than it turns horrible. Is there any certain Chords/Chord structures associated with funk? Any certain "tips" on notes to hit instead of just octaves (i.e. 3rds, 5ths and the like)? And could someone list me a few good examples of some good Funk-stars (and maybe even give me a little explanation on what he's doing on a song or two).? I'd be deeply appreciated. Thanks.