Flat 7 Your Way To Basic Funk
by Chris Tarry
All joking aside I'm going to impart a little secret. This secret is known as the b7. Whats the flat seven? Well it's the seventh note derived from the Mixolydian scale and used over a dominant 7 chord but we really don't need to know that right now. All we need to know is how to find it on our bass.
Ok, lets say that we are in A. The b7 always lies one whole step below the root of the chord (in this case the root is A). The b7 in A would be G.
Check out the example in below and notice how I'm only playing G's and A's. The sound of that G defines a strong funk bassline.