I’m not gonna lie – I’m a huge Vulfpeck fan. Been following them for about 3 years now. Saw them in London a few days ago and felt compelled to do a cover (as soon as I finished my ovaltine).
Fun session at Wax with James and the lads. Who doesn’t enjoy a shuffle?
Time to get slap-happy! This is a typical slap line in E – you could play it over any funk vamp on a dominant chord (E7, E9, E11, E13). It mostly uses the blues scale, but with a few notes that suggest other scales – you can find some Mixolydian & Dorian modes in there too.
A new Basslines video was well overdue, so how about something a little different? You don’t often see ‘funk bass’ paired with ‘pick’ playing, but when you put the two together it can be really cool. In this particular video, I’m going for a medium tempo 16th (semiquaver) feel, with lots of ghost notes.
Sometimes you’ve just got to bring out the epic sounds. I use the EHX Bass Micro Synth all the time, and it’s even more massive when combined with the Darkglass B7K. This one’s mostly improvised, but I kept coming back to that main lick, based around a simple natural minor progression. The trick here is to ‘shake’, i.e. rapidly slide the fretting finger between frets.
I love the sound of flatwounds on a P-bass. Sometimes there’s nothing better.
The focal point of this bassline is the arpeggio over a Cm9 chord, and 2 fills that use 16th (semiquaver) notes. Fill 1 can be played in one position, but fills 2a & 2b are a bit more challenging. It moves around the fretboard a bit, but with some slow practice it should be manageable.
Time to get slapping! Here’s video 2 of my original video tutorials.
I’m a huge fan of Marcus Miller, and in this video I’ll show you a couple of tricks to help you get his trademark sound. The riff I’ve written is inspired by two tunes in particular – ‘Run For Cover’ (a David Sanborn tune composed by Miller) and ‘Detroit’.