How To Play Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’ (James Brown/Bootsy Collins) On Bass

In this lesson, I'll show you how to play Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin' by James Brown, played by a young and incredibly funky Bootsy Collins.

Scroll down for the free drumbeat for this lesson.

You will learn the technique to play this (including one-finger-per-fret and hand shifting), as well as what swing 1/16ths are (a VERY cool feel indeed), and some very handy practice tips you can use for anything tricky that you come across.

If you like funk bass, you might enjoy my Funk Bass course or my book 100 Funk Grooves For Electric Bass.


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