#1
Hey guys. Lately, I've gotten addicted to Jamiroquai, Tower of Power and old school funk. And I've been trying to improvise some funk lines, but I don't know which scales that go well with funk (I'm self thaught when it comes to theory, and I'm not really that good)

So, my question for you guys is: which scales do you feel are groovey and "funky"?

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#3
Funk is about rhythm. Not scales. Play whatever damn notes you want
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wow.....people actually answered :P

well, I know how you play slap (although my style is not really that good. I use the style where you play downstorkes with your thumb)

so....can you guys give any advice about how I can make a good funk sound? :P
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#6
Any natural major is your best bet , a two octave major E is always great sespecially if you slap and pop on it , great fun too.
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#7
TS, just use mutes, and a funky rhythm. That's all it takes.
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#8
This has some pretty funky scales:

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Mixolydian is somewhat funkay


+1. That 6th and flat 7th... classic. Remember, with funk it is all about the ONE!
#10
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#11
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This has some pretty funky scales:


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#12
Blues, both major and minor, work really well. I had a lot of trouble with this when I started out as well, but most of the sound does come from your technique, so focus on that.
Just in case you're wondering:
Minor Blues: Tonic/1st minor third fourth tri-tone fifth minor seventh
Major Blues: Tonic/1st minor second minor third major third fifth (minor seventh)- I don't know if that's technically in it or not, but it sounds okay most of the time.

Also if you're playing the IV chord in major blues, play the fourth. You don't have to stick to the scale, as long as it sounds good, it's a guideline.
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wow.....people actually answered :P

well, I know how you play slap (although my style is not really that good. I use the style where you play downstorkes with your thumb)

so....can you guys give any advice about how I can make a good funk sound? :P


thats the original way to play slap larry graham style
and if you want funk go for him
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TS, just use mutes, and a funky rhythm. That's all it takes.
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Blues, both major and minor, work really well. I had a lot of trouble with this when I started out as well, but most of the sound does come from your technique, so focus on that.
Just in case you're wondering:
Minor Blues: Tonic/1st minor third fourth tri-tone fifth minor seventh
Major Blues: Tonic/1st minor second minor third major third fifth (minor seventh)- I don't know if that's technically in it or not, but it sounds okay most of the time.

Also if you're playing the IV chord in major blues, play the fourth. You don't have to stick to the scale, as long as it sounds good, it's a guideline.
These two basically cover the essentials to funk, rythmn and the "proper" scales. Also, using the octave, even chromatically, and the fifth are staples of funk.

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It's not about the scale, it's what you do with it that makes it funky.
Doesn't that involve scales?
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Doesn't that involve scales?


What I mean is, is that there is no "funk scale", like there isn't a "metal scale" or a "punk scale" or a "freeform jazz odyssey scale".

Just play something that sounds funky, and work out the scale later. Writing to a scale can be very limiting when actually writing a riff or so.
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What I mean is, is that there is no "funk scale", like there isn't a "metal scale" or a "punk scale" or a "freeform jazz odyssey scale".

Just play something that sounds funky, and work out the scale later. Writing to a scale can be very limiting when actually writing a riff or so.
The metal scale is obviously mino...

Alright, got ya.

Although I still think penatonic scales are helpful
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#18
But to be honest, pentatonic scales are the foundations of most R & B, rock and blues.

And my comment for playing funk, is to quote the high priest of funk, George Clinton.

"Free your mind and your ass will follow".