funky bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by basikmuzik, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. basikmuzik


    Sep 23, 2003
    i can do funky basslines but usually they are too busy. how should i simplify them? should i omit notes other than the 3rd and the 5th? are there any basic unsaid guidelines that would usually make a bass line funky as long as you sorta adhere to them?? in dior need of funky tips. anything greatly appreciated
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Don't worry about the notes, just worry about the feel. For me at least, funk is ALL about feeling, and grooving with the music, in fact, I find playing "wrong" notes off time can be funky as all hell, if it's done with passion ya know?

    hell if you're REALLY funky you can get away playing no notes
  3. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    If they're too busy, simply play less ;)

    Actually, a better way to go is to learn some basslines that you regard as 'funky', trying to 'get inside the head' of the artists playing them. As you do that, you'll start to get ideas for improving your own vocabulary.

  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Sounds like you're playing for a 1/16th note feel.
    I agree with the 'feel' advice from this case, getting a little analytical won't hurt.
    So, instaed of playing a 1/16th note feel, try for an 1/8th note feel & a 1/4 note feel.

    Another suggestion: Count in halftime

    Try leaving a LOTTA SPACE.
    Example: Try playing ONLY on the "& of 4" and the "1" of the following bar. Looks like this(ONLY play the BOLD type-

    Eventually, you can add little, subtle fills, like maybe-
    l1&2&3&4&l1&2&3&4&l1&2e&a3&4&l1&2&3&4&l1&2&3&4&l1 etc
  5. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    Learn James Brown tunes.
    Note for note.
  6. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    Less is more!
    Leave space.
    I agree, funk is all feeling. Spend lots of time with your drummer, (as well all should).
    James Brown... ok
    Try P-Funk, note for note.
    Listen to lots of funk all the time, it gets in your blood.
    There are so many good examples of different funk, i.e. Tower of Power- East Bay Grease! on the other hand, any Sly Stone stuff bassist Larry Grahm (spell?)
    The Brothers Johnson- anything
    Red Hot Chilies - One Hot Minute (some good stuffs)
    METRONOME!!! Use it all the time!
    Turn your slap lines into finger lines, good practice!
    Eat your greens, they get ya funky!:bassist:
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "If 'less is more' then just think how much more more will be"-
    Frasier Crane
  8. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    Correct!.... More or less.
    Wait... huh?.

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