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To me playing in this style is more about making the basic part fit and feel good. It really depends on the song but usually the less you vary from the core idea of a funk groove the better, especially when the group you are playing with gets larger and there are "more threads in the tapestry". Same with Reggae. I currently play with two groups when I gig. One band I played with on Friday night and musically is very enjoyable because the guys in the band play with great restraint, are very musical and have great basic skills. The other one makes a ton of money but does not play in the pocket very well and is more of a garage band that gets to do weddings and corporate events. I played with them Saturday night and it was a stark contrast...both bands played funky music at different parts of the night but the results were very different. Band #1 (I was just playing with the Rhythm Section and not the full group) [video=youtube;9NszyBKk13Q]http://www.youtube.com/
Mark hit the key issue for R&B players - finding your pocket\niche. You can learn all the licks\grooves\parts you want, but if you can't lock into the groove, and contribute to the song without stepping on the other players, you're not getting the most essential element of the style.
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04-23-2012 01:58 PM
I think thats true of any musical setting although it becomes way more vital in bands that have more that 3-4 musicians. And we had a chick fall off that stage on Saturday, btw
I see what you mean... My first paying job that played regularly was a funk\R&B\Soul band. We played Motown, Stax\Volt, disco, P-Funk etc. The one thing that I learned from that experience was how easy it is to step all over the other players. When you're in a large band, it is important to find space to play while making sure to leave space for the other instruments (especially the vocalist(s)) Interestingly, I found the same to be true playing with country bands where there was 2nd guitar, keys, fiddle, steel as well as the rhythm section. It could get cluttered up fast if people weren't sensitive and making it a point to listen. Drunk girls with tamborines, oh my....
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i didn't know they made one of those. i'll have to check it out. i really enjoyed the rock and blues ones.
I have learnt tons using the Hal Leonard R&B guitar book, its a pretty great resource IMO lots of James Brown and the like. http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Method-Stylistic-Supp lement-Leonard/dp/0634077503/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie ...
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