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01 D7 Funky Vamp No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 28 secs/4.79mb
Funk jam track: vamp on a D7 chord (80 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar drums
Suggestions: Get into the groove of the song.

02 B Funk in L.A. No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 52 secs/5.34mb
Funk jam track: A 6 and a 1/2 bar Funk progression in B (84 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): The chords in this are B5, D5 and E7.
Get Funky!

03 E Funk-E No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 3 mins 44 secs/5.15mb
Funk jam track: Uptown Blues in E.(94 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): This progression is E7#9, A7, B7.
The E7#9 is the 'Hendrix chord' that Jimi used on Foxey Lady and Purple Haze.
Turn the Funk up to 11.

04 E Smell That Funk No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 4 mins 57 secs/6.84mb
Funk jam track: A funky riff in E (90 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and drums
Suggestion(s): Play along with the guitar riff and play it tight.

05 E Steve Jordan Is Cool No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 15 secs/7.24mb
Funk jam track: Funky groove in E (88 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums
Suggestion(s): Chord used is E7.
Start with the scale tones Root, 5th and b7 from an E7 chord and get funky.

06 Bb Funk Zeppelin No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 7 mins 26 secs/10.2mb
Funk jam track: Funk Rock groove type thang in Bb (80 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression is made up of: Bb7, Eb7, F7 - using a standard blues progression
Suggestion(s): Start with a Root to 5th bass line and lock in with the drums.

And if all else fails, check this out!

07 D Funkadelic No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 38 secs/7.74mb
Funk jam track: Funk Jazz feel in D (78 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and drums
Progression is made up of: DMaj7 to GMaj7
note - there are full chord slides from DbMaj7 to the DMaj7 and GbMaj7 to the GMaj7
Suggestion(s): Play a bass line using chord tones from the D Major Scale (Ionian mode) over the DMaj7 and a G Lydian Scale over the GMaj7. Walk into and away from the chords using scale tones of each of the modes. Make sure you lock in with the drummer - aim to play it real tight.

Music Theory - The Lydian Scale

The Lydian scale is a scale that uses the Root, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Raised (or Sharp) 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th and 7th notes when comparing it to the Major scale.

If we name the 7 notes of any Major scale by numbering them 1 through to 7
Major Scale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 compared to the Major scale the Lydian scale has a raised,
or sharp 4th. Lydian Scale: 1, 2, 3, #4, 5, 6, 7

If we take the G Major scale we get: G Major: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
taking the sharp 4th of the G Major scale gives us the
G Lydian scale: G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G.

Anytime you want to play a Lydian scale you can work it back from the Major scale
simply be sharpening the 4th of the Major scale (using the same Root note).

Bootsy's Basic Funk Formula

 

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08 E Funky Hotdogs No Bass mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 09 secs/7.09mb
Funk jam track: Funken it up in C (114 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments:electric guitar and drums
Progression: I, iii, IV over the 1st 4 bars and then it goes to the V, IV and plays the iii-IV part again. The chords are simple power chords: E5, G#5, A5 and B5.
Suggestions: I'm just playing octaves the whole way through on the bass part for this track. You can listen to the bass I put down for it on play-guitar-funk-02. So I'm playing octaves for the chords E, G and A over the first 4 bars and then B, A, G# and A over the second 4 bars.

This is what I am playing over the first 4 bars (I am play it 4 times over the 4 bars):
G|------------------------
D|----2---------6-----7--
A|------------------------
E|--0----0---4----5------

Then I am playing this over the last 4 bars:
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----9------------9---------7------------7---------2--------6-----7-----2--------7----7--
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|--7-----7--7--7------7--5-----5--5--5------5--0-----0--4-----5-----0-----0--5-----5---

I am using my thumb to slap the E string and popping the D string with my index finger. This is slap funk bass 101. I am not a very good slap player - in fact it's fair enough to say that my slap playing sucks. But that is ok - I'm just starting out with it. You should aim to be able to play the above better than I am on the track on the guitar page which has bass on it. See how you go with it.

The theory I put up on this site is for beginner to intermediate players - if you want more advanced theory you should find a good teacher in your area and get stuck into the good stuff. Even if you can only afford to get 1 or a few lessons, you will always learn something off a good teacher. If you can't get to a good teacher then try and jam with other musicians, look up things on the net and read the same information from different websites. The more views you take in the more chance you have of working things out for yourself. Music theory is not right or wrong - it's just theory - you ear is a much better indication of what music is right or wrong. Take everything with a grain of salt - including this.

Tower of Power - What Is Hip 1973

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