Re: Problems creating funk bassline

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Posted by Martin Grüner on October 30, 2000 at 12:32:36:

In Reply to: Problems creating funk bassline posted by Shengjie on October 19, 2000 at 05:00:41:

: Hi all, I have no problems creating jazz and blues bass lines. But when it comes to funk lines, I have problems choosing which note to slap or which notes to pop. Help! And can anyone give me a guideline on creating a good and solid funk basslines? Thank You.


If you want to get better at slapping I can't recommend "Slap It: Funk studies for the electric bass" by Tony Oppenheimer, enough. It is simply sheet music examples of slap lines. It indicates which notes to pop and which to slap. An Audio CD comes with the book. I don't know how good your reading ability is (it's always a good idea to get better at it, tho... :), but if you just go through the book one example at a time, listen to the examples, read the transcriptions, and most importantly, try to get the "feel" of the examples right, you should be right up there in no time. Otherwise, I agree with Kenny that fingerstyle funk lines can be just as funky as slap. In fact, I think that it can often be more funky to just play a fingerstyle funk-line. It depends on the song. I also suggest studying Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) and Jaco Pastorius' use of ghost notes. These are often essential for a good funk line.

Check out which is a presentation of the book. You can order it there, too.

Hope that helps. "Slap It" definently helped (and is helping) me.



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