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What makes funk funky?

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Posted 2013-10-12T03:46:05.0Z by Dr.WuHoo1,250
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My feeling is that funk is all about inprecision and relaxing around the one. Listen how Bootsy does it. Can you be any more chill than that?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHE6hZU72A4

 

 

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  • Funk is like smokin' a joint rolled in toilet paperJohnny G 2013-10-12T05:12:54.0Z
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Reply — Posted 2013-10-13T18:28:12.0Z
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Jeff E13,406
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I don't know that I'd say funk is imprecise..Take the case of James Brown who was known to dabble in funk..I think Bootsy might have met him a time or two. ;)

 The hardest-working man in show business couldn’t put on a show with the military precision of his ’60s revue without being a tough boss. Bobby Byrd, who sang backup vocals for Brown as one of the Famous Flames, gave me the details. He said that Brown’s fines were usually five or ten dollars, but they went up dramatically when he was playing at the Apollo Theater in 1962, where he was recording a live album: fifty or a hundred dollars for a miscue. Byrd remembered, “And James would do a routine when he fined you, counting off that hundred dollars. You’d whisper on the stage, ‘Man, get your part right,’ and then he’d see you and fine you for carrying on a conversation.”

Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGdmY0N1qZA

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  • That clip of James is sick! I was unclear. Yes starts stops punches all need to be right on. Funk music in general is defined by the organic feel of playing off the one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PRsRagfrm0Dr.WuHoo 2013-10-20T04:12:09.0Z
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  • I totally get your point, just trying to start an internet fight! Ha..That said, there is quite a bit of variation in individual funk styles, Having just seen Avi Bortnick with Sco, as I know you have also seen recently, I'm kinda in a tight funk frame of mind....Not quite funk music, but quite a funk player...Check out his solo record.Jeff E 2013-10-25T19:00:14.0Z
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Reply — Posted 2013-10-22T07:07:13.0Z
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JP12,895
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Might as well throw Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power into the mix. Check out this sick lesson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6x--c9SZak

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Reply — Posted 2013-10-25T19:12:37.0Z (edited 2013-10-25T20:35:34.0Z)
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Jeff E13,406
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Ok...both these guys embody FUNK...Leo Nocentelli from The Meters is greasy and sloppy and practicaly defines funk..Niles Rogers is tight and perfect and is also the personification of funk.

 

 https://www.musiclessons.com/youtube/share.cfm?v=4S-HuLUWbbc%2CV0k1GW0YSps&t=Leo%20Nocentelli%20and%20Niles%20Rogers%20%3D%20FUNK

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  • Tight Niles is way funkier!!! That's not to say that Leo isn't funky... he is!JP 2013-10-25T20:31:58.0Z
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Reply — Posted 2013-10-25T21:01:55.0Z
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JP12,895
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You want funky, check this out:

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Naw, just kidding. How about this... THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNKIEST BASS SOLO EVER!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XKARygAK0

 

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