Recently I performed in a concert mostly on upright, but the band director also wanted to do a funk tune called "The Chicken" (there's that famous recording by Jaco and Scofield). I didn't end up soloing on the chart, but I started to get interested in how differently people play over changes in a funk tune. So I bought some Brecker Brothers recordings.... Ultimately my favorite track I found was this little gem called " Straphangin' " from one of their best-of discs. Anyway, I keep hearing something so distinct about the way everyone solos as soon as it's funk. Like everyone just starts playing these wacky patterns that sound unbelievable! I feel like it's some common knowledge and I'm the only person who can't do it.... I'm sorry for being totally vague... but from a theory standpoint, is there anything distinctive going on with funk solos? Any scales or arpeggios that sound particularly good so they get used repeatedly? I'm hoping someone can share some insight on this. Part of the problem is, funk basslines put such a heavy focus on the rhythm that I've never learned to think melodically in that context.