#1
Yea, mostly i've been playing thrash metal and a bit of death. But yes, i want to learn to play funk alongside metal.

Any suggestions? not something TOO hard please.
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#2
Sly and the Family Stone is a great place to start. Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) has a great but simple funk bassline. You might also look into The Meters, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai (to name just a few). Are you more interested in playing fingerstyle funk, or slap/pop, or a bit of both?

You could also learn a few Primus lines as they have somewhat of a funk/metal mix.
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#3
well, at the moment i'm all fingers. my slap/pop technique REALLY needs work, and i'm horrible at doing lines which are staightup slap/pop/slap/pop/slap/pop/slap/pop at any speed, really, I can only really play slap slow.

Sly and Family Stone, are those bands/artists or songs?

and yes I will check out some Primus.
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#4
learn Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz, rock with a funky bass.

then, check out Chilis, Higher Ground, Readymade, Suck My Kiss

then, branch into Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, James Brown, maybe some Gap Band and Ohio Players.
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#5
Sly and the Family Stone are a group. Larry Graham, their bass player is considered the father of modern slap bass. He is a monster bass player--just youtube his name and watch a few videos. Also check out his own group, Graham Central Station.

There are so many killer songs to choose from but one of my all time favourites is "If you want me to stay". The bass intro is just so great.
#6
Ok i got a tab for Fun by Sly and the Family Stone, and Antipop by Primus. Antipop seems hard so i'll get Fun down first.
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well, at the moment i'm all fingers. my slap/pop technique REALLY needs work, and i'm horrible at doing lines which are staightup slap/pop/slap/pop/slap/pop/slap/pop at any speed, really, I can only really play slap slow.

Sly and Family Stone, are those bands/artists or songs?

and yes I will check out some Primus.

"Sly and the Family Stone" is a funk band. Examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLAFnV2yzHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3t9htxbIAc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQiaBu8dB-w

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Ok i got a tab for Fun by Sly and the Family Stone, and Antipop by Primus. Antipop seems hard so i'll get Fun down first.

I assume you mean "Hot Fun In The Summertime". Correct? And Anti-Pop may take a little work if your slap/pop is shakey, but you'll get it down if you practice.

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There are so many killer songs to choose from but one of my all time favourites is "If you want me to stay". The bass intro is just so great.


Definitely my favorite Sly and the Family Stone song and one of the best songs of all time (in any genre). The bassline is simple yet amazing and the vocals are perfect.

To TS: Here are some videos of Larry Graham.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pbhxB7cGbw&feature=PlayList&p=2B17B9FFC16AD186&playnext=1&index=4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ra0cremKF0&feature=PlayList&p=2B17B9FFC16AD186&index=5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IuD6F3R5I
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"Sly and the Family Stone" is a funk band. Examples:
I assume you mean "Hot Fun In The Summertime". Correct? And Anti-Pop may take a little work if your slap/pop is shakey, but you'll get it down if you practice.

yes i'm pretty sure that's it. the tab just says "Fun"

alright thanks everybody
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#9
The Meters are probably my favourite funk band.

Funky Miracle, Chicken Strut, Just Kissed My Baby, Cissy Strut, Live Wire.

All have great bass. Really simple stuff too, just insanely groovy.

I love George Porter Jr.
#10
Just remember, funk is about rhythm. It doesn't matter what the hell you play (to a certain extent) as long as the way you do it is funky.
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Sly and the Family Stone are a group. Larry Graham, their bass player is considered the father of modern slap bass. He is a monster bass player--just youtube his name and watch a few videos. Also check out his own group, Graham Central Station.

There are so many killer songs to choose from but one of my all time favourites is "If you want me to stay". The bass intro is just so great.

i was gonna suggest that, it's a great song to jam to
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#12
Something that might help your slapping and popping is to play drum rythms on your bass.
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The Meters are probably my favourite funk band.

Funky Miracle, Chicken Strut, Just Kissed My Baby, Cissy Strut, Live Wire.

All have great bass. Really simple stuff too, just insanely groovy.

I love George Porter Jr.


I saw George Porter Jr this summer. The man is amazing. The Meters jammed non-stop for 90 minutes (and I mean non stop) and George played on even when he broke his G string and they had to restring it on stage with him playing. I love the Meters.

Another group to check out is The Bamboos. Very cool funk band from down under.
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I saw George Porter Jr this summer. The man is amazing. The Meters jammed non-stop for 90 minutes (and I mean non stop) and George played on even when he broke his G string and they had to restring it on stage with him playing. I love the Meters.

Another group to check out is The Bamboos. Very cool funk band from down under.

You mean they actually restrung his bass, whilst he was playing it? The same one?
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Yes. While he held down a groove on the other three strings.

holy cow.

that took skill on all parts.
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#17
George Clinton, Parliament or Funkadelic is a great place to listen to some bootsy collins.

The Meters is my personal favorite funk band.

Jaco can get quiet funky, check Opus Pocus and Come On Come Over.
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#18
As some already suggested, Tower of Power. Youtube has a few vids of Francis Rocco Prestia, but other than that, it's rather difficult to find tabs and such, so you'll probably have to go a bit by ear. But darn, it's worth it all the way.
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Yes. While he held down a groove on the other three strings.

That really is amazing.

It's not on youtube is it?
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#20
No alas. The concert was at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA this past summer. I also saw Dr. John on the same bill. My goodness that man was amazing as well.
#22
infectious grooves, any of their things are cool
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#23
infectious grooves are a great slap funk/metal fusion band, but good luck finding decent tabs

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No alas. The concert was at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA this past summer. I also saw Dr. John on the same bill. My goodness that man was amazing as well.

Daym.

Another Sly song good for getting a feel for how important rhythm, feel(and tone) are in funk is "Dance to the Music". Yes it's only four notes but it's fun to play and an awesome song too.
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#27
YES. You must listen to The Bamboos. I've been singing their praises on this forum for about a year now - they are ABSOLUTELY fantastic. Their album Listen!! Hear!! Live!! is an especially good showcase of them laying down the funk hard. The only tab of theirs on UG was made by me and I think I need to revise it - since then I've realized that there could be way better fills. But I also know how to play fourteen other songs. If you don't have the ear or patience I could write out some tabbed rubrics to go by.
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#28
Excellent call for Cymande! You have great taste.

Try finding some Fatback Band. You shouldn't need tabs, it's all dead easy, but oh-so-funky. 'My Name Is Yumyum (Gimme Some)' is a good track of theirs to start on.

Or how about Living Color? Either the Muzz Skillings or Doug Wimbish eras. It's all good!