Hello and welcome to the effect-laden, chicka-whacka world of Funk Fission. In this course you will discover the ins and outs of playing in today’s groove based musical landscape with some uniquely innovative tools. Many of the concepts presented in this course are culled from the genius of modern day warriors like Wayne Krantz, Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Avi Bortnick and Mick Goodrick; as well as hearkening back to pioneers like Jimmy Nolen and Catfish Collins. These approaches are somewhat like a Transformer—there’s [way] more than meets the eye. Within the tornado of syncopated chaos that makes up the music I present throughout this course is my own set of gig-tested concepts that are adorned with quirky titles such as string percussion and punch comping.
While some of the techniques are in your face, many interdependently lurk beneath the surface and come together to create a head-scratching approach that leaves anyone within earshot not exactly knowing what just happened, but lovin’ it nonetheless. These underlying subtleties help make this entire approach the funk-ified fission-like event that it is. Like nuclear “fission,” the various techniques that comprise this approach produce a significant synergistic discharge of groove-approved energy that is released into the galaxy where all funk breaks loose!
With carefully chosen effects of strange nature like motion controlled and sequenced filter effects, the alternative playing techniques of Funk Fission are extended tenfold. These concepts follow in the footsteps of modern day ‘sonicavengers’ such as The Edge, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, and Oz Noy by enhancing the guitar-centric techniques contained in Funk Fission with forward-thinking brainstorms that were assembled to help bring out the sonic deviant in all of us. To give you a real-life glimpse as to what you can do with these ideas, along with the content created for Funk Fission are various tracks I played on in different scenarios that feature the conjecture being presented.
So suit up, plug in, and get ready to work. Throughout Funk Fission you’re hands will be busy as will your mind. From complex pick hand maneuvers to conscientious fret hand antics to advanced whammy bar wrangling—we’re gonna get fonky!