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FUNK COURSE

BASS GUITAR LESSONS

There's nothing quite like laying down the pocket with the drummer over a killer funk groove, as the rest of the band gives an approving side glance. One of the most popular styles of bass guitar playing, funk requires a great sense of timing, and should sound great played fast or slow (yes there's such a thing as slow funk).

In this course, you'll learn to introduce some red hot funk and sizzle into your playing style with a combination of tight fingerstyle funk, ghost notes and percussive slap/pop/tap. You'll also gain insights into getting the groove from listening to not just the drums but the entire band.

ESSENTIALS YOU'LL STUDY:

  • Advanced metronome exercises

  • Syncopation studies

  • Double stops

  • Ghost notes

  • Raking fingerstyle funk

  • Slap/pop & tap/hammer-on

  • Extreme double-thumb slap

  • Percussive slap mutes

     ... and more!

FUN SONGS YOU'LL LEARN:

The fastest way to learning the bass is to play along to songs you love, and why not build up a great repertoire of bread-and-butter songs every bassist should know while you're at it! Here's a sample list:

  • Take The Power Back (Rage Against The Machine)

  • Don't Give Hate A Chance (Jamiroquai)

  • Tightrope (Janelle Monae)

  • Rio Funk (Fourplay)

  • The Chicken (Jaco Pastorious)

  • Got To Be Real (Cheryl Lynn)

  • I Want You Back (The Jackson 5)

  • Aeroplane (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

  • Forget Me Nots (Patrice Rushden) 

  • Red Baron (Marcus Miller)

  • I Will Survive (Cake)

  • Chameleon (Herbie Hancock)

  • Ain't We Funkin' Now (Brothers Johnson)

  • Love Games (Level 42)

  • Run For Cover (David Sanborn)

  • Soul With a Capital "S" (Tower of Power)

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder)

  • Higher Ground (Marcus Miller)

  • Blame It On The Boogie (The Jackson 5)

  • Colibri (Incognito)

  • Good Times (Chic)

  • Thinking Of You (Sister Sledge)

  • Come With Me (Tania Maria)

  • Running In The Family (Level 42)

  • Dark Necessities (RHCP)

  • Good Times (CHIC)

  • Runaway (Jamiroquai)

  • Pow! (​Graham Central Station)

  • Locked Out Of Heaven(Bruno Mars)

  • D-Code (​Alain Caron)

  • Classical Thump (Victor Wooten)

  • Come Together (Marcus Miller)

  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)

  • Jungle Boogie (Kool & The Gang)

  • Le Freak (CHIC)

  • Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine (James Brown)

  • September (Earth Wind and Fire)

  • Too Hot To Stop (The Bar Kays)

  • Memphis Soul Stew (King Curtis)