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I want to play some cool funk, got any advices?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by enpontus, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. enpontus


    Mar 23, 2009
    I noticed how fun and cool it is to play funk, but i have a problem. I´m not that good on slapping and when i play fingerwalking - funk, it always becomes a slow and groovy funk, not the fast and energetic funk.

    The way i play now makes me think a little about some slow Bootsy Collins funk, and the sound i want is if you think like early red hot chili peppers or something like that.

    I allways try to listen to them and jam along, but it doesn´t come out the way i want to

    got any advices?:)
  2. Humbucked


    Mar 17, 2009
    Practice slow and get it right, before you try to do it fast...
  3. enpontus


    Mar 23, 2009
    yeah, but when you jam with a band it´s hard to slow things down. thanks anyway:)
  4. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Listen to the Meters. George Porter's lines are as funky as they come, but still very simple. Bootsy's are usually pretty quick and heavily syncopated, which is tough to learn on the fly. I generally subscribe to the "less is more" philosophy when it comes to funk- keep it simple, use rests frequently, and syncopate to flavor (at least for my own funk lines).
  5. If you're after good fingerfunk lines, try transcribing some Jaco Pastorius parts or a few Mark King lines. That will soon have your chops in order to whatever funky stuff you wish!
  6. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    So practice harder until you can play it with the band. Ask the band to slow down a bit - I assume you all speak the same language. The advice is still valid.
  7. Lexicon


    Feb 24, 2009
    +1 on the Meters. If you want to try a more pop/funk sort of sound listen to the Brand New Heavies. Nothing too complex but great groove.
  8. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    once you realize its all about the One the possibilities are endless...

    Also most funk is in the pentatonic's
  9. Disappear


    May 9, 2008
    Dominant 7th
  10. DudeistMonk


    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    Try some youtube.com bass videos from Dmanlamius and MarlowDK.

    You might want to take a look at some of the following links:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6527889&postcount=10 Links to over 20 funk,groove and R&B bass players
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=314342 Funk 101
    http://www.amazon.com/Funk-Bass-Bui...079351620X/ref=pd_sim_b_5/185-2146101-2319058 "Funk Bass" by TB member Jonster (John Liebman)
    http://www.amazon.com/Funkmasters-Great-James-Rhythm-Sections/dp/1576234436/ref=pd_sim_b_1 R&B/Funk
    http://shop.jonliebman.com/product....FFD92FA.qscstrfrnt02?categoryId=1&productId=8 " Standing in the Shadows of Motown" James Jamerson book/CD
    http://shop.jonliebman.com/product.sc?categoryId=1&productId=31 Funk Bass Bible
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=530125 New funk groups
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=530543 Get that dead flatwound string sound
  12. beaglegod


    Jan 6, 2009
    I think Richard Finch (Kc & Sunshine Band) is a great example of how a simple bass line can pump the funk out of a song. Nothing fancy , nothing too fast, but tasty booty inflating funk!:smug:
  13. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    While you're at it, pick up the Greatest Hits of James Brown, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and a bunch of Tower of Power. Include the Meters, and you have the Funk Foundation!
  14. cire113


    Apr 25, 2008
    Dont forget Sly and Family stone and P- FUNK
  15. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    Cissy Strut

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