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05 E Steve Jordan Is Cool 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 and bass
Suggestions: Play straight hi hat and shuffle the groove between the bass and snare.
Get funky.

John Mayer with Steve Jordan on drums

Who Did You Think I Was into Power to Love (by Jimi Hendrix off the Band of Gypsys album).

06 Bb Funk Zeppelin No Drums mp3 wma
Time/size: 7 mins 19 secs/10mb
Funk jam track: Funk Rock groove type thang in Bb (80 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and bass
Progression is made up of: Bb7, Eb7, F7 - using a standard blues progression
Suggestion(s): Get syncopated and lock in with the bass and rhythm guitar.
As the title suggest, put on some Zeppelin and let John Henry Bonham show you how it's done. Don't tell the guitar players this but the rhythm guitar here is trying to emulate Bonham's squeaky Speed King pedal. You can really hear it squeak on some of the Zeppelin records (if you listen too closely)!

And if all else fails, check this out!

07 D Funkadelic No Drums mp3 wma
Time/size: 5 mins 38 secs/7.73mb
Funk jam track: Funk Jazz feel in D (78 beats per minute/bpm)
Backing track instruments: electric guitar and bass
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): Funk it up, keep the hi hat shut tight and play around with disjointed hi hat patterns. 8th, 16th notes - anything goes. Lots of syncopation on the snare and give your foot a solid work out on the kick. Especially in the turn around section where there is a bit of space.
You could pretty much solo over this, lot's of toms - ie use it as a vamp to go a little crazy around the kit - just keep coming back to the 1.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Sir Psycho Sexy

Bootsy Collins - Stretchin'Out

08 E Funky Hotdogs No Drums 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 bass
Progression: This is a funk progression using slap bass.
Suggestions: You want to lock in tight with the bass on this one. The bass is a bit sloppy so you are going to need to tighten it up a bit and really nail the beat. Play straight 8th notes on the hi-hats and attack the snare hard on the back beat. Vary the bass drum and play along with the rhythm that the bass is playing.

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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