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Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in Your Playing

In this lesson we’re going to focus on a style known as finger-style funk (or “finger funk”), with the goal of developing both dexterity and accuracy in your playing.

Finger-style funk is typically centered around the 16th note, and many of the notes are muted. You’ll notice in the notation for this lesson that those muted notes are indicated with an “x” for the note head. The purpose of the muted notes is to create a continuous groove, with a strong 16th note feel.

This is style is reminiscent of Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius and others. Although it sounds like a simple idea to play this piece, the physical execution is rather difficult. If you stick with it, you’ll get it!

Follow along with the notation. In the video, I’ll play it full speed and then show it again at progressively slower speeds.

Let me know how it goes!

Post your comments, videos of your finger-style funk playing and/or questions in the comments section. Or share your favorite 16th-note finger-style funk groove!