Mastering Ghost Notes: The Ultimate Funk Bass Technique

Ghost notes are one of the coolest bass techniques.

They add percussion, groove, and panache to your playing and are found in many styles, not just funk. It is used a lot in funk bass though.

If you want to dive deeper into funk bass techniques, style, and theory, I have a whole course:

For this lesson, be sure to scroll down to download the free PDF and backing track and to hear the incredible playing in the ghost note playlist I put together...

Ghost Note Backing Track & PDF

Bass Guitar Ghost Note Essential Listening

Check out these cool bass lines featuring funky ghost notes! The bass lines, tones, and technique are astounding in these songs. 

Give them a listen and see if you can figure out anything you like the sound of.

Feel The Real - David Bendeth (Randy Bramwell bass)

My Forbidden Lover - Chic (Bernard Edwards bass)

Funk The Dumb Stuff - Tower Of Power (Francis Rocco Prestia bass)

Marcus Miller Slap Bass 

Teen Town Live - Weather Report (Jaco Pastorius bass)

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