How To Build A Great Funky Bass Line

2017-11-01T13:32:07+00:00August 8th, 2015|10 Comments

This week I’m going to show you how to use the Dominant 7 chord tones and a bass drum pattern to build a cool funky bassline

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  1. Martin O'brien August 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Well done Mark. Brilliantly explained. I really like the way you build from the bass drum pattern. Everything that follows i can understand clearly. Your lessons are excellent. I love this site

  2. Geoff Hudleston August 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Mark, thank you a ton for your kindness in sharing your knowledge with us earthlings – you are indeed so far above many of us, myself in particular. I have learned and will continue to learn from your awesome lessons. In order to show appreciation for such a generous, sharing spirit, I have Donated through PayPal as a thank you. Will probably do so again, as I take advantage of your super lessons and your generosity. Many, many thanks.

  3. Chuck Ungar January 4, 2016 at 3:48 am - Reply

    I’m pretty sure the pdf notation on page 2 is wrong. It shows a major 7 chord rather than the the dominant 7 you’re describing and playing.

    • John Ford November 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      I noticed that too. I started playing it as written and wondered how that could be considered funky. I’m surprised Mark hasn’t fixed this:)

  4. Nicolas Krzelowski February 29, 2016 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Mark, I’m actually addicted to your lessons. I’ve been playing bass for so many years, learning by myself through my own experiences in several bands, and basing myself on my musical knowledge from my first studies in classical piano. I use your lessons to confirm what I know and what I do correctly, and to eliminate some wrong habits in bass playing, especially in slapping style. My greatest weakness : ability to improvise and providing cool grooves on the spot. I definitely need to fill my “groove pool” and become free from the playlist I know. The best example : just this cute groove that you did at 6:02, just out of nowhere… I’d like to get the PDF of this one… I need more of these… And how could I become more intuitive in that way ?? Thanks for this high quality training web site. I really appreciate your straight forward teaching style.

  5. Ralph Moore April 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark! What a great lesson!

  6. Norman Blows July 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Excellent – thank you Mark. How do I find my way to the next lesson in this series – using scale notes and chromatics? Not quite got my head round the progression of lesson material – sorry!

  7. Joe November 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Mark, I am a self taught bass player that has a great ear. I play gospel music. I struggle some at hearing some bass lines, but your lessons are bringing understanding to what I am hearing and playing on the bass.

  8. german perez bottesi September 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much!! Such a great lesson!

  9. Randy Brown March 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Love these lessons. Making it fun and keeping interested! I’m going to get it sooner or later

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