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Finger Funk Bass exercises!

Finger Funk exercise numero uno.







Ok, this lesson is aimed more at intermediate players, rather than beginners. Of course, beginners are welcome to give it a go, but as usual, take it slow!


Let’s consider why it’s a little more difficult.


Funk, played with the fingers, has to be very precise. We can’t get away with sloppy playing. In this example, my notes are very quick, and you need good control of the strings to get good attack without ringing out anything else.


Take the open D string played here as an example:




That string is played so quickly, and so precise that it almost becomes a mute. Infact, in that example, I swap between hitting that open real quick, and playing a mute, because the difference is minimal.


For you beginner guys, play the with slow. Work on finger control. We want the strings hit true, fast and with precision.


This is the nature of playing funk with our fingers


Good luck, and have fun with it!






And here we have another exercise created by me to perfect your finger funkiness.













I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Playing funk with the fingers is all about a quick and snappy attack, and hitting those notes true and with precision. You have to be on the beat, and in the pocket.


At the moment I’m telling people that these exercises are for intermediate players. Now, the newer guys don’t understand this, because the lines themselves are quite easy to play.


But it’s not the line that makes it for intermediate. You have to ask yourself (and be strict) “can I play this line, in time, perfectly with no timing errors, technique errors, or anything else that sounds bad?” Be honest. If you can play these lines perfectly, then yes, I would say you are well on your way to becoming intermediate.



Here is the fourth in this series! Remember, the other exercises are available here.


Ok, here is the tab for this vid:











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