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#1
Hi Everyone,

I starting playing bass about 4-5 months ago and I've been playing a lot of alternative metal/hard rock (music that I'm familiar with), but now I want to expand my range of genres. I'm scared that I'll limit myself by only learning one style.

My dad suggested I learn some funk and put me onto Grand Funk Railroad but although I really enjoy that music, its still very close to the kind of rock I was already playing.

I know I probably should know the answer to this, but forgive my ignorance. Which band/artists should I look into to give me the full funk education?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
#3
grand funk railroad is not funk.


Check out some Parliment Funkadelic, James Brown, or Sly and the Family Stone.
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grand funk railroad is not funk.


Check out some Parliment Funkadelic, James Brown, or Sly and the Family Stone.


james brown is the godfather of SOUL
#5
But he's funky as hell.

The Brothers Johnson lay it down solid. As do The Bamboos. The Budos Band aren't quite funk but they are also funky as hell. I can't really get around the vocals, but Stuart Zendor (spelling? whatever) lays the funk down in Jamiroquai. Also of interest: The Meters.
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Quote by yomoma21
james brown is the godfather of SOUL



listen to a song like Gut Bucket, Sex Machine or anything from when Bootsy Collins was in his band and tell me it's not funk.
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#8
Listen to Larry Graham, Graham Central Station/Sly & The Family Stone.
#9
Listen to Larry Graham, Graham Central Station/Sly & The Family Stone.


YEEEEH! Graham even slaps the G string xD Odd but he makes it work tough hehe.

Mmm... Funk, ide say first learn to slap/pop correctly Try some red hot chilli peppers songs (please don't impale me on this but he will need something to practice the slap/pop with =.=). But meh that's all i can think of atm >.<
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#11
For fingerstyle funk = Tower of Power. Rocco Prestia is a funk god (and a really nice person as well). He has a great DVD out there if you can find it.
#12
You should still learn some Grand Funk. Holy ****, good band.
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learn to slap and pop. victor wooten is a beast at this


Honestly, you are better of developing your fingerstyle chops. Slap and pop is less common than people think.
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Honestly, you are better of developing your fingerstyle chops. Slap and pop is less common than people think.

+1
Fingerstyle funk is way cooler
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james brown is the godfather of SOUL


But bootsy is the god of funk, I mean, (Invalid img)

That's like the Scepter of Funk, only for a true king.

Yeah, learn some Bootsy
You might wanna check out some Jaco too, not funk but helpful, it'll help you groove. Also Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Vic. Wooten's band) have some good stuff for some inspiration.
Tbh, a groovy bassline will fit into everything (even rock, depending on the setup) and unlike drumming, it's pretty much one-style-almost-fits-all-with-a-bit-of-tweaking, get some Jazz in ya, boy.
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But bootsy is the god of funk, I mean, (Invalid img)

That's like the Scepter of Funk, only for a true king.

Yeah, learn some Bootsy
You might wanna check out some Jaco too, not funk but helpful, it'll help you groove. Also Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Vic. Wooten's band) have some good stuff for some inspiration.
Tbh, a groovy bassline will fit into everything (even rock, depending on the setup) and unlike drumming, it's pretty much one-style-almost-fits-all-with-a-bit-of-tweaking, get some Jazz in ya, boy.

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Someday I plan to buy that Bass and have sex with it o.o


how?
with the input jack?
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A guy named Bootsy Collins meets James Brown. Have aural (get it?) sex. Baby=funk.



Listen to "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" by James Brown and the JBs. If you don't consider that funky, you need to check your pulse, because you are dead. Certifiably gone to sing with the choirs in Valhalla, dead.
#27
^^

But back on topic, I'm personally a fan of Larry Graham.
sorry, double post.
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#30
ill preach it to the high heavons. The Meters!!! The Meters!!! The Meters!!! they are probably one of, if not the funkiest bands that apparently no one knows off.
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#31
That was low. But that bass is badass. It definitely weilds the power to make you move!
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ill preach it to the high heavons. The Meters!!! The Meters!!! The Meters!!! they are probably one of, if not the funkiest bands that apparently no one knows off.


I love the Meters. In fact I am seeing them play next month with Dr. John and The Nevilles.

I've played Sissy Strut and Tippi-Toes in the current band I'm in. Yes, I will concur they are quite funky.
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Check out some Rose Royce (not Carwash Rose Royce but Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is Rose Royce), Fatback, Sun, the Counts, and one of the better new compilations, the soundtrack to Superbad (all 3 CD's).
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#35
All of the above are awesome examples.
i would also recommend learning some marcus miller for work on your slap chops...

rio funk comes to mind
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#37
my funk inspiration came from watchinng the flea instructional videos....it is such a cool style of play
#38
Nobody Mentioned the best metal/funk bassist of all time. Les Claypool(GOD).
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^^^ there might be a good reason why. funk =/= slap
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