Funky Bass Guitar

Level 3: Intermediate

In this class, George focus' on the true meaning of "the Pocket". As a staple of the New Orleans Funk sound, "the Pocket" is the foundation of all things GROOVE.

Between bass lines full of melody, to the simplest peddling of a note, The groove is what holds the songs together, and drives the band.

This class will have and emphasis on not only the importance of notes being played, but also the importance of note placement and or notes not being played. Students will also learn how different finger stylings can create different levels of warmth, clarity, grit, and growl out of your instrument, and what it means for the song.

George will also discuss how to turn someone else's groove into one of your own, using techniques of chording, adding lines, taking notes out, and understanding how all of these techniques work with the drums, and provide a backbone to the song.

George is unique, as he is one of a few bass players, who is also the band leader and lead vocalist. George will share this element of his experience and how it incorporates into creating your own performance style.


About George Porter, Jr.

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters. Along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeleste, Porter formed the group in the mid 60's and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

George Porter Jr.Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched sessions with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Mickey Hart, Billy Kruetzmann and Warren Haynes. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams.

George is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin’ Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene.

George has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the scene’s elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.



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