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Funk Bass

bass

Overview

This hands-on survey course covers the signature bass lines and techniques of funk and r&b from the 60s to the present. Material covered ranges from the early funk pioneers of the James Brown rhythm sections and Motown to the innovators of the 70s, 80s and beyond including Verdine White, Larry Graham, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller and others. Prerequisites: functional electric bass technique.

Thursdays 4:45 – 6:15 pm
4/6 – 6/8 (10 weeks)
$395

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Bass

COURSE TITLE:  Funk Bass

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This hands-on survey course covers the signature bass lines and techniques of funk and

R&B from the 60s to the present. Material covered ranges from the early funk pioneers of the James Brown rhythm sections and Motown to the innovators of the 70s, 80s and

beyond including Verdine White, Larry Graham, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller and others.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Prerequisites: functional electric bass technique.

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: none


RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS:

James Brown: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Styles and Techniques of James Brown’s Bassists, by Glenn Letsch

The Funkmasters — The Great James Brown Rhythm Sections 1960-1973: For Guitar, Bass and Drums, by Allan “Dr. Licks” Slutsky

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson, by Dr. Licks

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Introductions, listening appreciation, what makes a great bass line.

Week 2 & 3

The bassists of James Brown

Bernard Odum, Tim Drummond, Fred Thomas, Bootsy Collins

Week 4 & 5

Detroit (The Motown Sound)

James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt

Week 6

New York style

Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmott, Anthony Jackson

Week 7

Special guest: drummer from Tower of Power David Garibaldi

Week 8

New York style – continued

Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmott, Anthony Jackson

Week 9 & 10

Bay Area Funk

Larry Graham

Francis “Rocco” Prestia

Paul Jackson

Marc van Wageningen (electric bass)
San Francisco Bay Area electric bassist and recording artist specializing in funk, Latin and jazz. Performed with Diane Reeves, Tower of Power, Pee Wee Ellis/Maceo Parker, Steve Smith, Stan Getz,George Duke, Francisco Aquabella, Pete Escovedo, Eddie Marshall, Sheila E. and the E. Train and Andy Narell among others. Recorded with Steve Winwood, Sheila E., Tom Grant, David Garibaldi, Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Linda Tillery, Cornelius Bumpus and Teresa Trull and Barbara Higby. Served as house band member for The Wayne Brady Show, But Can They Sing and The One. Marc has a debut recording out under the VW Brothers name titled Muziekon Patois Records.
vwbrothers.com

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