Watch the Rock Funk online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Essentials: Rock Bass Grooves

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers introduced a whole generations of rock bass players to the possibility of using thumb and slap bass techniques to add a little funk to their rock. Here's a groove designed to get you started in that direction as well.

Once again, note the rhythmic notation alerting us that we'll be swinging the feel in this song, also getting to slap and pop full triplets in C, D, and G. You have to remember to play this with a light touch when you are slapping and popping to achieve a full, solid tone. Hitting too hard with your right hand will make for a very percussive and tinny bass tone.