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    The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
     
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    So what are we suppose to do - post YouTube videos, or talk about technique?

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    Both would be fine.
    I just played a funk gig the other day, and purchased a wah pedal today.
    Anyone else play funk?
    Paul Jackson jr. is a great funk/pop rhythm guitarist.

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    Robert Palmer with Lowell George and The Meters ...


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    Let's not forget Herbie!


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    The Meters "Just Kissed My Baby" is my favorite New Orleans funk tune.

    Btw, this is a youtube clip but there's no video, beyond a picture of the single. Great groove, and I LOVE the vocal. "Feel like a king, yeah, 'cause I just kissed my baby..."


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    What is the ultimate funk-guitar in you guy's opinion?
    I have 5 electrics, all humbucking guitars. I did a funk gig with a semi hollow G&L ASAT deluxe. The guitar gets some decent split sounds, however it is not a real singlecoil sound. Most people seem to mention strats and tele's as the ultimate funk weapon. I have been considering getting a good strat for a while..

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    Love this stuff. Not a lot of time in my schedule right now to learn a new style, but after I graduate (next spring) I'm going to turn attention to this, more blues, and playing the piano.

    I've got a DVD of Funk Rhythm Guitar that I've made it about halfway through. What would you say overall are the big differences in technique between jazz and funk guitar? Seems to me the chords in funk are a lot simpler, but the rhythms are more complex and more integrated in with the rest of the rhythm section.

    I've got a Strat (84 reissue of a 68) that I'll probably use for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soco
    What is the ultimate funk-guitar Most people seem to mention strats and tele's as the ultimate funk weapon. I have been considering getting a good strat for a while..

    100 percent strat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markf
    100 percent strat.
    I think you are right. I might have to get one. I never liked playing them, but they sound great for many things. I played a really nice Fender customshop 60's strat NOS. I think that one is the way to go for me...

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    I know strats have that defacto funk tone but I like bringing something different to the table. Lately Ive been leaning towards my ES 330 for funk but my 335 is still my #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzpunk
    I know strats have that defacto funk tone but I like bringing something different to the table. Lately Ive been leaning towards my ES 330 for funk but my 335 is still my #1.
    These guitars will definitely provide a more r&b an jazzy sound, which is cool.
    Which setting do you use on the 335?

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    Strat would be cool, but so would something with a P90 imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soco
    These guitars will definitely provide a more r&b an jazzy sound, which is cool.
    Which setting do you use on the 335?
    I stay on the neck pup and run through a Tim pedal into a Headstrong Royal Reverb or my '73 Super Reverb.

    You're right though, I definitely like my funk mixed with some R&B and Soul flavor. I like a little meat on the bones if you know what I mean!

    Some home town heroes:


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    Quote Originally Posted by FatJeff
    Love this stuff. Not a lot of time in my schedule right now to learn a new style, but after I graduate (next spring) I'm going to turn attention to this, more blues, and playing the piano.
    Check this book out when you get a chance. It's like a master class in keeping it simple and keeping it fonky!

    Amazon.com: The Funkmasters-the Great James Brown Rhythm Sections (Manhattan Music Publications) (0029156203028): Allan Slutsky, Chuck Silverman: Books

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soco
    Paul Jackson jr. is a great funk/pop rhytm guitarist.
    Paul Jackson jr is great but I wish his albums weren't so smoooooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzpunk
    Paul Jackson jr is great but I wish his albums weren't so smoooooth.
    Haven't heard any of his leader stuff, but he sure is a fantastic rhythm guitarist.

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    Eddie Hazel, anyone?



    I realize it's soloing and no comping, but he's pretty much the P-Funk guitarist.

    Or Prince?

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    I love funk. To me, of the current crop of funk artists, Prince and Marcus Miller are top 0' the heap.


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    My buddy here wants me to join him at a funk show tonight. The band is Lettuce with special guest Maceo Parker.

    Seems the funkadelic thing is growin these days. I don't know if I have the energy anymore. I should pass, but I think I might go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltar Hornbeek
    My buddy here wants me to join him at a funk show tonight. The band is Lettuce with special guest Maceo Parker.

    Seems the funkadelic thing is growin these days. I don't know if I have the energy anymore. I should pass, but I think I might go for it.
    You need to go to that show! That's a lot of funk and soul on one stage.

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    Here are two Sly and the Family Stone clips
    The first one is early on and the James Brown influence is really clear;


    The next one is a few years later;

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    Everyone knows what a master Nile Rodgers is. I want a see through strat.


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    One time, a funkyman asked to me : "Do you know what is the funk ?"
    I answered "no, I don't".
    "It's an happy blues !"

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    I wonder if Ruben Diaz can play the funk

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    The chicken is the root of all funk.

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    A little Chicken for you strat guys!


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    ...looking forward to seeing Maceo in a couple of weeks however for my money I would probably pick Carl Denson's tiny universe (at least for an all nite dance funk party)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Fingers
    ...looking forward to seeing Maceo in a couple of weeks however for my money I would probably pick Carl Denson's tiny universe (at least for an all nite dance funk party)
    I just picked up the 'My Name is Maceo' film. So good!



    My only complaint is that they cut to interviews during some of the performances. Hopefully there is an option to just view the concert footage in it's entirety but I can't figure it out.

    Denson sat in with Soulive when they came through town in December. Man, they got down!
    Last edited by Jazzpunk; 01-24-2011 at 08:41 PM.

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    Maeco played that "shake everything you got" thing last week in Brooklyn....was off the hook!
    Last edited by Baltar Hornbeek; 01-25-2011 at 01:08 PM.

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    Wow .... how did I miss this thread...This is what I do over half my gigs... I live in the pocket. Before we bring up the singeras we make sure no one is in their seat, usually with Sanborn, Herbie or what I dig are R&B tunes with a jazz/funk groove out of control but always in the pocket... I know how to play my part... and when I solo ...it's nothing but octaves singin those groove lines... a little shred here and there just to let audience know this is as live as it gets... The only bitch is most of those gigs are 4 hours and late...
    Hey Balta... you dig Tower... i know they get a little vanilla some times but they get away with playing so much and never lose the feel, I hang with some of the guys, Tom Politzer the current tenor sax is great jazz player... we play golf more than music. The previous tenor player, Norbert Stachel is also great friend... also great player, and a little off the charts... we been in different bands together, he hangs in NY... here's a sample of him somewhere...
    ... Hey keep this thread under... I'll start posting... Reg

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    Here's a nice funky number by Soco!


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    Yo Soco! right on man!

    Here's some brooklyn funk, Mokaad...they call him the white james brown.

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    Whoa, 1972. That's going way back. I missed nearly all the funk back then. The closest I got was maybe some like in the attached vid. Check out Anderson beating son clave on cow bell and Squire always brings the funk.

    Last edited by Baltar Hornbeek; 01-26-2011 at 02:35 PM.

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    +1 for Chris Squire as funkiest Prog Rock bassist !

    Baltar - this clip belongs in the "Official Prog Rockers who became Jazzers" thread. Don't look for it, as I haven't started it yet, but if I did the list would start with Steve Howe & Bill Bruford (both ex Yes) followed by ......?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newsense
    +1 for Chris Squire as funkiest Prog Rock bassist !

    Baltar - this clip belongs in the "Official Prog Rockers who became Jazzers" thread. Don't look for it, as I haven't started it yet, but if I did the list would start with Steve Howe & Bill Bruford (both ex Yes) followed by ......?
    Sad news for you newsense.... Bill Bruford was, "effectively forced out of music a couple of years ago by a debilitating anxiety about my perceived performance inadequacies, as surprising as it was unwelcome." I took this from a letter he wrote to the UK Musicians Union quarterly journal. He goes on, "I retired at 60 after 41 years, but my last few years were indeed difficult as I slowly fell out of love with music-making to the point of being unwilling to play publicly."

    That's what listening to Jon Anderson does for you

    Apparently he's fully fit physically and seeks no remedies for the situation but has "long since come to terms with what befell me, even if I don't fully understand it."

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    Very cool...great feel, both guys... would dig playing with them.... years ago I played a few gigs with Randy Jackson and Steve Smith, and Tom Coster was on keyboards... those cays could play, anyway here's a little groove thing... not much, But you can start to feel where I come from. I have all jazz gigs for week , but I'll video something from next R&B/funk gig...Reg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg
    Very cool...great feel, both guys... would dig playing with them.... years ago I played a few gigs with Randy Jackson and Steve Smith, and Tom Coster was on keyboards... those cays could play, anyway here's a little groove thing... not much, But you can start to feel where I come from. I have all jazz gigs for week , but I'll video something from next R&B/funk gig...Reg

    Awesome!

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    Smokin' Reg, Just smokin.

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    Wow... do you really remember that tune. I remember playing that tune in battle of the bands when I was in school, 60's. The funny thing is I played it at a gig a couple of weeks ago and man we were gettin funky... Reg
    Last edited by Reg; 02-01-2011 at 12:30 PM.

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    When James Jamerson was asked why he had never, ever, changed the dirty old strings on his Precision, he replied, "the funk is in the dirt".


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    Quote Originally Posted by max chill
    When James Jamerson was asked why he had never, ever, changed the dirty old strings on his Precision, he replied, "the funk is in the dirt".

    Jamerson is the definition of Funk!!!!

    Hearing those lines are just so sweet. There's a Jackson 5 track he did the bass line is almost like a solo different lines constantly thru the song. I think it was Darling Dear.

    Then he played all that with only using one-finger on his picking hand. Then his classic bass line from What's Goin On that most bass players still can't play right. They had been working all day, he was tired, pissed off, and drunk and laying in the floor when he recorded it. The Funk Brother would record all day for $25 a tune, play a club gig at night, then go back to Motown to record more. So much great music.

    Thank you Funk Brothers your music is a Masters Class in rhythm section playing.
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    From a recent funk gig!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soco
    From a recent funk gig!
    Yowza, that solo was smokin'!

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    very nice.

    speaking as an oldtimer, do you think a little feedback might sound good in there somewhere?

    I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by markf
    very nice.

    speaking as an oldtimer, do you think a little feedback might sound good in there somewhere?

    I do
    Thanks, you mean musical feedback Hendrix style?
    It might work, but I am not sure that I was playing loud enough for it. Also it is a pretty upbeat tune, with a relatively short solo.. I'll look into it though!

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    Here is another clip from the same gig. The singer Shayna Steele is really awesome:

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    hanks, you mean musical feedback Hendrix style?
    yes, but, sorry you don't need suggestions from me. I just like feedback, and you don't hear it much.


    great playing.