Friday, July 22, 2011

AHH..THE NAME IS BOOTSY, BABY! - and Funk University

Bass player, the funkalicious Bootsy Collins.  This record was produced by George Clinton and William "Bootsy" Collins.  Credited on this record are the Horny Horns, with Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Rick Gardner, Richard "Kush" Griffith.  And also on Horns: the Brecker brothers, Randy & Michael.  Bootsy is also famous for his original "Space Bass" guitar, made in Warren, MI by Larry Pless of Gus Zoppi's music store.  His first Space Bass had a mahogany body and maple neck, white finish and mirror pick guard.  His current signature instrument is a custom-built star-shaped bass guitar he calls the "Space Bass," built for him by Manuel "Manny" Salvador of GuitarCraft in 1998.  Recently - Collins launched Funk University ("Funk U"), an online bass guitar school.  And of course he himself is lead professor.  Funk University "offers an intense curriculum tailored for intermediate to advanced bass players as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk."  Wow, really - did not know that.  I wonder if Professors Emeritus should be James Jamerson, Jimmy Williams, John Entwhistle, Stanley Clarke, Michael Anthony, Bernard Edwards, Robert Bell, and Aston Barrett - just to name some of my favorite bassmen.

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