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Bass Lick Series: Getting Funky with an Envelope Filter

Using an envelope filter effect can make a funky bass line sound even funkier.

This lick is in Em with a fill based on an Em pentatonic scale motif. It uses pretty much only the top two strings on the bass.

Follow along with the video and this transcription.

For the gear heads, I’m playing my Sandberg California MarloweDK Signature Bass strung with Dunlop nickel strings through a MXR envelope filter and into a TC Electronic RH450 amp.

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SCCM Ruben (@SCCMRuben)

Funky. I feel like I should be watching some really hot action going on – if you know what I mean.

James Genannt

Envelope filter = Funk !!!!!!!!!!!!