Gimme Some Old School Funk!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Jimmy Bones, Aug 20, 2009.


  1. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    Hey guys.

    So, I learned how to play Brick House by the Commodores today, and it reaffirmed my love for the funk style of bass play.

    What I need now is a list of good old school AND new school funk songs to learn, but prefer that they have instantly recognizable grooves, and rock the funk as undeniably as Bootsy himself.

    Prefer simple ones to start too, so if you don't mind marking the difficulty of your recommendations from 1 to 5 *'s, where 5 is the most difficult.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Try Boogie Oogie Oogie by Taste of Honey. Drummers seem to love to play that song, and it's got a very manageable solo in the beginning. its probably about a 1.5, maybe 2 on your difficulty scale. You should give it a listen, it is ridiculously funky...
     
  3. southernrocker

    southernrocker Inactive

    Apr 4, 2009
    I always liked September (2) and Disco Inferno (3). Also check out Bee Gee's stuff.
    I hope this thread gets huge, old school funk is the way to go.
     
  4. RedsFan75

    RedsFan75

    Apr 26, 2007
    Cincinnati
    Great Thread idea!

    How about Play that Funky Music, not sure on the difficulty scale...
     
  5. youtube has a version of slippin' into darkness by war from an old soultrain....'bout as old school as it gets.....
     
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Have a look at this thread!

    Too bad they deleted the Funk 101 thread! There was a wealth of information in that one!
     
  7. roceci

    roceci

    Jan 27, 2009
    Cardiff UK
    Try Mothership Connection by Parliament, so enjoyable nailing that. Probably a 1 for the notes, but much higher for the feel.
     
  8. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    If you like funk bass, and you do nothing else in your life, listen to these two clips from Larry Graham and Buddy Hankerson~

     
  9. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    ain't we funkin' now - Brothers Johnson
    I just want to be - Cameo
    Freak Out - Chic
    Cholly (funk gettin' ready to roll) - Funkadelic
    The Jam - Graham Central Station
    Give it up or Turn it loose - James Brown
    Just a Touch - Slave
    Can You Get It (Suzie Ceasar) - Mandrill
    Joyous - Pleasure
    Alphabet Street - Prince
    Sing a Simple Song - Sly & the Family Stone
    In Time - Sly & the Family Stone
    Weak at the Knees - Steve Arrington
    Drop it in the Slot - Tower of Power
    What Is Hip - Tower of Power
    777-9311 - Morris Day & the Time

    as for degree of difficulty, the Tower and Prince/Time songs may be a 5 maybe not..these are just some good old school funk representations.
     
  10. miguel2u

    miguel2u

    Mar 6, 2007
    Flashlight by Parliament

     
  11. Billnc

    Billnc

    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    What is Hip, TOP
    If You Want Me to Stay, Sly and the Family Stone
    Release Yourself, Graham Central Station
    Cissy Strut, Meters
    Yellow Moon, Neville Brothers
     
  12. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    It's still there as far as I can tell: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=314342

    Here's some links you may want to check out:
    ~Funk, Slap, Groove, R&B
    Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bassists

    TB's Funk 101 list of funk tunes
    Funk 102
    TB's Old School Funk tunes suggestions

    Muted Grooves by Joaquin des Pres
    Classic Funk and R&B by Joaquin des Pres
    "Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman)
    R&B/Funk book
    "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" James Jamerson book/CD
    Funk Bass Bible
    New funk groups
    Modern Funk bassists

    The late, great, James Jamerson
    1 Get that dead flatwound string sound
    2

    TB slap bass references/links
    Over 60 slap/funk lessons by MarlowDK
    Video lessons w/Dmanlamius

    tony hall/nick daniels with dumpstaphunk
    Commodores
    Gap Band
    Earth, Wind and Fire
    Parliament/Funkadelic
    Ohio Players
    War
    Mandrill
    Sly and the Family Stone
    Kool And The Gang
    ConFunkSHun-Cedric Martin on bass.

    Look for Books/Videos from:
    F. R. Prestia/Tower of Power
    Anthony Vitti
    Alex Sklarevski
    Bill Dickens
    Tony Oppenheim
    Larry Graham
     
  13. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    Learnt me Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry today.

    Keep'em coming! ::bassist::
     
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Thanks for finding that. I just couldn't find it and PM'd a mod about it. I thought they deleted it. I did do a search but it wouldn't come up for me.
     
  15. I can't believe Bernard Edwards' bass line underneath "We Are Family" (2) by Sister Sledge wasn't named earlier.

    Louis Johnson's line on the Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23" (3-4) is another funky classic.
     
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