Funk Bass Course – Private Lessons – 1:1 online course

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Funk Bass Course – Private Lessons – 1:1 online course

£200.00 £100.00

Learn everything you need to play in a Funk Band!

Private Lessons – a 1:1 online course

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Funk Bass Course

10 Lessons including fretboard skills, rhythm studies, important Funk bassists, tracks and much more!

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to Funk Bass and the players. It’s difficult to say what makes something feel funky, that’s why it’s important to check out as many players to really absorb the style. Playing funk is about the groove! We will look to the pioneers, from James Brown bassists and the Meters to Jamiroquai and Tower of Power. Like all the styles, Funk has a vocabulary, we will also look at all the scales, chords, grooves and rhythms you will need to know.

Take the Funk Bass Course!

8 Lectures

10 Lessons

34 Topics

10 Classic Funk Bass Lines and Bassists

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Backing Tracks


Playlist: Funk Bass

Course Details

Finger Fitness: Fingers Exercises to gain fluidity, independence and strength

Fretboard Skills: What Notes, Positions, Exercises, How to Practice, Triads, Pentatonic Scale & Quartal Approach, Blues scale, Major Scale and Intervals, Diatonic Arpeggios, Major Modes, Diminished Scale, Melodic Minor Scale, Patterns Application

Rhythm Studies: Exercises, Syncopation, Metronome & Time, Groove & Fills, Bass Line Improvisation

Technique: Articulations & Dramatic Effects – Hands Position & Fingerstyle, Slides & Shake, Hammer On & Pull Off, Rake & Trill, Ghost Notes & Accents, Crossing Strings, Short Notes & Long Notes, Palm Muting, Double Stops, Funk Bass Tone, Slap

Applied Harmony: Type of Chords, Scales and Arpeggios options over Major, Minor and Dominant Chords

In the Style of: Bass Lines, How to play like them, How to steal like an artist – Bernard Odum, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, George Porter, Bernard Edwards, Skeet Curtis, Paul Jackson, Stuart Zender, Rocco Prestia, Randy Hope Taylor

How to build a solo, Concepts, Enclosures, Ornaments, Phrasing.

Songs Related: PlayAlongs

Lesson 1

Technique: Hands Position & Fingerstyle
Fingers Fitness
Fretboard Skills: Major Triad
Rhythm Studies: Half and Quarter notes
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Bernard Odum – James Brown
Song Related

Lesson 2

Fingers Fitness
Technique: Slides & Shake
Fretboard Skills: Minor Triad
Rhythm Studies: Quarter and 8th notes
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Bootsy Collins
Song Related

Lesson 3

Fingers Fitness
Technique: Hammer On & Pull Off
Fretboard Skills: Half Diminished & Augmented Triads
Rhythm Studies: 8th and 16th notes
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Larry Graham
Song Related

Lesson 4

Fingers Fitness
Technique: Rake & Trill
Fretboard Skills: Pentatonic Scale & Quartal Approach
Rhythm Studies: Triplets
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: George Porter – The Meters
Song Related

Lesson 5

Fingers Fitness
Technique: Ghost Notes & Accents
Fretboard Skills: Blues scale
Rhythm Studies: Syncopation
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Bernard Edwards – Chic
Song Related

Lesson 6

Fingers Fitness
Developing a Good Sound
Technique: Crossing Strings
Fretboard Skills: Major Scale and Intervals
Metronome Practice
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Skeet Curtis – Funkadelic
Song Related

Lesson 7

Fingers Fitness
Practising playing live
Technique: Short Notes & Long Notes
Fretboard Skills: Diatonic Arpeggios
Playing with a Drummer
Groove & Patterns Application
Applied Harmony: Major Chords
In the Style of: Paul Jackson – Herbie Hancock
Song Related

Lesson 8

Fingers Fitness
Building Speed and Chops
Technique: Palm Muting
Fretboard Skills: Major Modes
Time Feel
Groove & Patterns Application
Applied Harmony: Minor Chords
In the Style of: Stuart Zender – Jamiroquai
Song Related

Lesson 9

Fingers Fitness
Technique: Double Stops
Fretboard Skills: Diminished Scale
Groove & Patterns Application
Funk Fills
Applied Harmony: Dominant Chords
In the Style of: Rocco Prestia – Tower of Power
Song Related

Lesson 10

Fingers Fitness
Funk Bass Tone
Technique: Slap
Fretboard Skills: Melodic Minor Scale
Bass Line Improvisation
Groove & Patterns Application
In the Style of: Randy Hope Taylor – Incognito
Song Related


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