Tip Of The Day

Most youngsters think ‘funk’ MEANS slapping and popping [ actually ‘funk’ is an antiquated term referring to a style developed by many of the great jazz swing small group players of the late 40’s and 50’s]. As you know, any first day beginner can pick up a bass guitar and have a slap groove going in ‘E’ in less than an hour. On the other hand, Jaco and Rocco are arguably the two greatest names in funk bass playing and you can count on two thumbs the number of slaps and pops. Of course you want to generate massive energy under funk grooves!! My suggestion is learn how to play a bass guitar! Once again, drill that Right hand. For sure have fun with slapping, just remember you’ll sound just like everyone else.