The Funk

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bigfeet, Aug 24, 2001.

  1. So what does funk bass mean to you, is it slapping and popping your strings or using an envelope filter so you sound like a porn's back ground music.

    To me it means to have a groove that stays with you like a bad stink the kind you can feel in your gut, and a little bit of the porno thing.
  2. Something that grooves, basically. Listen to Sly or James Brown, it just has this way of making you move to the music.
  3. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Funk means different things to different people. Some people call Marcus Miller funk. Others call Flea funk. Is disco music funk? (Remember Funky Town?)

    Funk is syncopated rhythms and basslines, designed to make the listener move and groove. What is funky to you is funk.
  4. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Funk is bootsy, funk is Barbary Coast, funk is "Rite of Spring."
  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    To me funk is an attitude, a vibe, a depth of groove that few players can achive. The funkiest players seem to play everything with a "this is easy" vibe, ala marcus, bootsy, rocco. Funk is that certain something that makes you bob your head, makes it hard to sit still, makes your mouth screw up into a "somebody's feet stink" sneer. It's irresistable.

    It's red beans and rice.
  6. eric105

    eric105 Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    well, if u listen to the red hot chili peppers i think we can all agree that they are funk. To me funk is anything you can groove to. It is something you don't work at, it just comes natural, ya know?
  7. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    an extreme stench.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    RHCP would be a lot more "funky" with a different drummer...then again, I guess what made them 'different' is their Rock feel against Flea's R&B-ish roots.
    (Just one man's opinion & yes, I have all their discs). ;)
    FWIW, I'd like to hear someone like William Calhoun sit-in with The Peppers!

    There's a lotta ways to groove; some are not about Funk & weren't conceived to be 'funky'.
    Ellington's band grooves, though, not in a Funk vibe.

    IMHO, one can work at becoming 'funky'; of course, it's nice if you're a 'natural'...many have learned thru listening, learning, asking; it's a fact! ;)
    Same goes for Latin & Afro-Cuban music & other ethnic music, ODD time material, etc. It that sorta stuff isn't relatable, them one has to 'learn' it...somehow. So, it the Funk isn't happenin' naturally, one has hit the shed & do the roadwork.
    Granted, sometimes the 'learned' musician ain't authentic in his interpretation; that's not a biggie in my book('cause other stuff may happen when genres collide). ;)
  9. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Just on a side note whenever I see these 'Funk' threads no one ever mentions the late great Bernard Edwards as an influence, I mean my God that man could groove in fact I wasted years slapping and tapping (and sounding funky..kinda) until I learnt a valuable can slap all you like but if you cant groove (fingerstyle) on a simple 4/4 using as few notes as possible you cant possibly groove while slapping (I'm sorry but listen to Rocco Prestia, Bernard Edwards,Randy Hope taylor,Stuart Zender etc.and I defy anyone to show me slap bass line that grooves as much as any of these guys finger lines)...its a feel thing and most times its the space BETWEEN the notes rather than the notes themselves which give the 'Funk/groove'.

    Funny thing, some of the funkiest basslines (IMO) played fingerstyle are all played just slightly AHEAD of the beat.....try it sometime with a band and a good drummer youll be amazed at the difference.
  10. FatFunker

    FatFunker Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Rochester, New York
    there are so many under ground funkers out there i don't even want to start throwing out names, buuuuuuut i will anyways.

    Maceo Parker, Deep Bannana Blackout, Dag.

    Now that Sh*t be the funk. To me funk bass is more about the rests, Play Play Play rest play rest play rest rest play. If you don't have the funk you won't understand. it's just a groove you get in where you close your eyes and feel the funk. some people have it, some don't. :D
  11. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    When it comes to a nice funky groove, especially finger funk, my top three influences in any order, are Bernard, Jamerson, and Verdine White (Earth, Wind, and Fire)


  12. FunkmastaJ

    FunkmastaJ Guest

    Feb 1, 2001
    Seattle WA
    I think if you had to ask what funk is, you aren't funky.
  13. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    True that. But about your signature. I thought the line was "I don't know karate, but I know ka-razor" James Brown - The Big Payback