This summer, on July 1, classes will commence at the Funk University, the online bass guitar school created and curated by iconic bassist Bootsy Collins, whose otherworldly work with James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic cemented him as one of the greatest bass players to walk this or any other planet.
As F.U.’s lead professor, Bootsy has designed an intense curriculum tailored for intermediate to advanced bass players, as well as anyone interested in a deeper understanding of funk. He’s also enlisted a dream team of bass legends to serve as guest professors, said a press release.
Every schoolday, the virtual campus at TheFunkUniversity.com will offer new lectures, lessons and exercises to its students, who will learn from some of the most well-known bassists, teaching the techniques that made them immortal.
“The best day of my life was when I graduated from P.U.,” Bootsy exclaims. “The next best day of my life will be to see students graduate from F.U.
“Funk don’t funk around for nobody, so get funked up while you can,” he added.
In the eleven months spent in James Brown’s backing band The JBs, the outfit cranked out a galaxy of classics like “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”, “Super Bad” and “Soul Power”, songs which established the Collins as an instrument capable of commanding a song, rather than simply supporting it. Soon after, he found his spiritual home in the seminal funk organization, Parliament/Funkadelic, taking bass into space on jams like “Aqua Boogie” and “One Nation Under A Groove”, which have become, literally, the backbone of hundreds, maybe thousands of hip-hop songs.
Bootsy’s post P-Funk work — which includes collaborations with Talking Heads all the way to Deee-Lite’s mega-hit “Groove Is In The Heart” — speaks to the respect his name commands across genres, earning him a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997. 50 years ago, a bass player in your band was optional. Today, a song without bass is hardly a song. It is no exaggeration to say that Bootsy Collins brought the funk to Planet Earth.
The launch of Bootsy’s bass school falls on a big year for Collins, who is set to release a new album in the fall titled Boot-Z Class University, that features an all-star cast, along with the release of Bootsy’s Signature Bass by Warwick.
Enrolled students gain access to the “virtual campus” at TheFunkUniversity.com. In Bootsy’s Lecture Hall, Bootsy will provide extensive lectures on funk, the bass, and his body of work, while an A-list assembly of professors — whose names will be released in the coming weeks — articulate Bootsy’s lectures with lessons and exercises on bass and rhythm inside the classroom areas.
The library will house tons of multimedia learning content, from video and audio to gear tutorials. Then, staff reviews of students’ performance will be conducted periodically, and professors will also hold office hours to answer students’ questions. Bootsy will also judge student track submissions as part of a series of regular school competitions.
The courses begin on July 1, 2010 with enrollment based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sign up at TheFunkUniversity.com.