This is a page for sharing info about a new item: Funk Fingers®, the drumstick devices Tony Levin's been using to play the
bass (with P.Gabriel, King Crimson and others.)
As some adventurous players try them, we'll share techniques and innovations on them through this feedback page.
PLEASE NOTE: as of July 1st, 1999, Funk Fingers are OUT-OF-STOCK. We will not offer Funk Fingers until new manufacturing arrangements have been made.
If you have comments, suggestions or true stories about using Funk Fingers, we hope you will add your thoughts to this page. If you have comments not related to Funk Fingers, email
Funk Fingers FAQ
From Tony: (April 3, 2000) I'm sorry, it's been a year now, and I'm too busy with music stuff to get a new batch of funk fingers made. I suggest this: there are thousands of people out there with funk fingers - surely they're not all being used. Any who want to sell theirs should put them up on e-bay, or, to avoid auction and save the commission, just send a letter to this page, giving your e-address, and people wanting them will see the letter here and can e-mail you. Eventually I will get new ones made, but frankly, with a new cd and tour coming up, it's not on the horizon!I am desperately looking for some funky fingers - if anybody wants to sell their pair please contact me via email. Need that type of sound for a recording. TOny! The world needs them funky fingers, you started the hype - put them back on the papa bear catalogue! ;-) Please! Good Luck with music+life, Stefan.
Stefan Wessel (email@example.com)
Vienna, Austria - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 20:08:47 (EDT)
I was just reading over the funk fingers invention, as it's a hobby of mine to experiment with my bass in dangerous ways, by hitting them with such objects as drills, bolts, nuts, cups etc. The funk fingers really appealed to me! But just as I opened my wallet... I saw that there were none for sale! So if anyone has a decent pair for sale (preferrably still boxed... but Im not picky) I would be interested in buying! I use paypal or can use postal order... please help me!!!! Funk fingers are my wishness ^_^
I have built my "funk fingers" from Alex Acuna signature sticks, because they are not sculpted at their end (just round at the two extremities).
I had only a swiss knife at the moment and it's enough! I fix them to my fingers using to small velcro stripes, and it works perfectly.
I have tried several length and I finally made them very short, about two centimeters long, the latest centimeter being made of a good old rubber eraser!
But what I found the easier to use to get that deep spacey sound is the bottom of my airbrush!
I have an original st of FunkFingers for sale on ebay now....Thanks Tony
Awesome! Where can I get some?
If anyone has a pair of Funk Fingers to sell....
Could you please let me know....
I WANT SOME.... PLEASE!!
If anyone has a pair of Funk Fingers to sell....
please let me know....
I WANT SOME.... PLEASE!!
If anyone has a pair of Funk Fingers to sell....
please let me know....
I WANT SOME.... PLEASE!!
I want a pair of the funky fingers and would appreciate contact from anyone willing to sell either a spare pair they are not using or their own pair not being used. Please contact me at my e-mail address.
I was pretty successful in making my own pair or funk fingers. I took most of Seabornproducts ideas and added a few of my own. I used a router to shape the finger spot and i also put a layer of varnish over it. I used velcro to attach the stick to the finger instead of elastic also. They stay on really well that way. i used the rubber handle dip stuff like Seaborn did which works very nicely once you get it on.. you have to sit there and watch it for a while though so you dont get bumps or anything. They are really cool sounding and pretty comfortable. ~Fawn
After seeing Tony using the Funk Fingers on Mike Portnoy's Liquid Drum Theater video, I knew I wanted to try them! If Tony ever gets some more made, I'll be buying some. I can't seem to find anyone selling a used pair. Maybe I'll try to make my own.
I saw an SNL rerun a few days ago and it was Peter Gabriel. I HAD to know what those things were on "the bassists fingers", so I posted at some message boards and finally found this site. Now, I must know, is it possible to order "Funk Fingers"? I really hope so....
How many Funk Fingers were sold in the first place? How many more requests came in after they sold out? Send the answers to a drum stick company, and MAYBE they might consider putting Funk Sticks into production IF the possibility of a profit exists.
I'd say I was semi-successful at making my own pair of funk fingers. I used a pair of drumsticks (I think size 5A, fairly heavy) and made 2 sets of funk fingers, one heavier (bottem end of drumstick) and one lighter (middle to tip of drumstick). I was taking a woodshop class at the time so it made it easy to cut, round and experiment with all those power tools. The heavy ones are 7 inches long and the light ones are 6 inches long.
The trickiest part is carving out the spot for your fingers. I actually haven't taken a final step with mine, which is to smooth, or curve out the finger spots. Right now they are just sort of cut off at an angle and are not super comfortable.
The other tricky part is constructing fasteners. I went to a fabric store and got a 1/2 inch wide roll of elastic, and a strip of sewable velcro. I cut the elastic to length, cut small squares of velcro and carefully sewed them into place (kind of a pain to do by hand, time consuming... if you've got a sewing machine around, you might try that instead).
Finally, I went to the hardware store and got some rubber handle dip (very toxic stuff). I dipped the ends of my sticks in about 2 inches. I actually need to do a couple more coats because this rubberizing stuff is tricky to use...
In the end, they're pretty cool sounding, but they aren't quite comfortable yet. I feel like I have to tighten the elastic too tight to make the sticks stay on. I think if I work on the contour of the finger spot I can improve the comfort and security.
It's nice having 2 different weights, they each have their own feel.
I was just curious if anyone has tried using WAX instead of this rubber handle dip? I'm in the middle of making my own FF, and I was wondering if this would work, though I have a feeling wax would be too light and soft.
If wax doesn't work, where can you get this rubber handle dip? Is it a common thing at hardware stores?
I would love to get a pair of funk fingers. Where can I find them?!?!?!
Pleeeeeease try to get another batch of funk fingers made! Infact, even better Tony... just send me your own pair ;) I'll send you a haggis in return!
Need exercise Funk music
Hi, I've been searching for a pair of the infamous funk fingers for about two years now. I've tried to conceptualize how to make them myself, but have failed miserably... If anyone has any information whatsoever about how to make them, or in the unlikely event you own a pair, i would love to talk to you. I've been searching for a while, but with no luck. Thanks to all the best people in the world...bassists!!!hehe Thanks!!
As a follow up to my last message about making my own Funk Fingers. Would those of you who own a pair mind measuring yours and sending me the
following specs? Also, add any suggestions about how you would change them to make them easier to use.
1- Total length (end to end).
2- Length of "finger rest" area.
3- Width of finger rest area (does it taper, or is it notched down to a flat plane from the full diameter?)
4- Diameter at striking end (and/or compare with your drummer's sticks and see what size they started
5- Width of the stretch velcro attachment.
Thanks, let the music flow!
How to make your own Funk Fingers... I thought there used to be some messages on this list with good suggestions about how to make your own.... Were those messages removed? Anyway, I'm in the process of making my own out of some really dense hardwood (this wood almost has the density of water!) and I'm just going for it with no "specs" from the makers... too bad. Since you aren't manufacturing them, I guess we'll have to start up a little side company somewhere else...Care to share in the profits?
Been watching eBay for about a year with no luck on purchasing a pair of funk fingers. Anyone willing to sell theirs????
About how to make funk fingers or how to buy it. Please soon!!!
I am in need of a set of FUNK FINGERS! If someone would be able to sell me a pair I'd be very appreciative. And to MR. LEVIN, you are my biggest inspiration! You taught me how to play bass and for that I thank you!
If anyone would like to sell their funk fingers please let me know.
I would like to purchase a set of funk fingers
I started using the Funk Fingers almost 2 years ago. I could never get a pair, so I had to make a pair myself out from the leftovers of our drummer!
That was when I was in Colombia, my beloved country. Now that I'm in the USA,and I could order them, the Funk Fingers have become out-of-stock!!
Hey Tony! there would never be enough space on the internet or elsewhere to express what your bass playing means to all of us, the low-end lovers! Just thank you for this simple yet great idea! I hope to get my first original pair of Funk Fingers soon!
And of course, ihope to see you playing them reaally sooon!
I would love to get my hands on these little wooded bits of creative engineering.I will attempt to create my own, but if someone would email me with a genuine pair up for grabs i would dig that.p.s. I just read that little piece about 'GOD creating the bass and it was good'...:BRILLIANT, man.
Have loved my Funk Fingers since I got them a while back... For those who'd like to hear a track of them in use, check out "Abducted" at www.mp3.com/secondstory -- While it's not my only -- or best -- FF song (just a repeating line, mostly - a'la "Steam") but it's the only one we have cut to tape so far (this cut is obviously from a live performance.) Enjoy!
I´m growing really envious by reading of all the fun people have with their little sticks. In fact i´d really like to own a pair of these. So if anyone decides to give them away, just let me know.
I want a pair of the funky fingers and would appreciate contact from anyone willing to sell either a spare pair they are not using or their own pair not being used. Please contact me at my e-mail address: Chatta@aol.com PapaBear, I think you're SMASHING!!! Am dying to become a good enough bassist then buy a chapman stick if it is available for purchase. "Thanks for the memories [inspiration]"
I am Funk Finger-LESS.If anyone is willing to partwith a pair, I will part withsome cash.Thanks,Jim805.684.3216
Damn-I wish I would've found this earlier- been watchin tony play with those things forever and wondered what the hell they were-I WANT A PAIR- can I get some yet-somehow-somewhere-some way-anyone?
G'day, I wish to get hold of some Funk Fingers. I live in New Zealand & they've never heard of them here, can anyone help? If so please E-mail me with details etc...
I live in hope!
I wrote two years ago (April 3, 1998) to this
site giving some new wacky ideas for FF fans.
I failed to note that besides playing "flamenco
bass", I also teach physics at a community college,
and I came across an interesting concept to
possibly "redesign" the Funk Fingers (WHAT? That's
sacrilege, you say? Oh well...). The idea is
"moment of inertia" and instead of boring you with
physics (even though it's quite cool to me), I'll
cut to the chase. For the same impact strength
using a shorter stick, you need more mass on the end,
so if you want to be able to play faster, you need
a heavier stick that is shorter--something like
an ebony or a rosewood stick dipped in rubber-handle
stuff would work just as well, and will be easier
to mobilize about the strings. Another idea is to
use rubber finger inserts with thimble-like ends
to give it more mass (fashioned from a heavy metal,
like tungsten, or molybdenum). This way, your
finger length is not as long, and you get the
inertia to smeck-the-heck out of the strings! Tony,
you are still the LORD OF THE LOWS. From one
Lo-Bro' to another...Peace. MMM
P.S.: Some words of wisdom I found at a grocery:
"Support the Bottom"--found on the underside
of an aluminum pan for broiling turkeys.
So if you, too, broil turkeys regularly,
support the bottom.
Hi! I´ve been a guitar player for 4 years but two weeks ago I decided to buy a BASS.
I like the Tony Levin´s way of playing with Funk Fingers (I first saw "FF" in "Live in Japan" King Crimson and I shouted "WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS IN HIS FINGERS!!!! THEY SOUND TERRRIBLY GREAT!!!!!!)
so I decided to start learning bass playing with FF. So three days ago I found this web and as I saw FF photo I thought myself: Maybe I could "fabricate" them myself". SO I did!!
I made them with two drums sticks and THEY WORK!!!.
I´d prefer to have the original ones but because they´re out of stock...
Well, that´s all. (Sorry about my grammar faults, I´m spanish)
Tony, "eres el mas grande"
EVERYBODY: Do you think I am doing right in learning to play the bass with FF?? Please, let me know.
I'm really interested in buying a pair of funk fingers. If anyone is willing to sell theirs or if they know where I might be able to get some, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks a lot
Bass player from Montreal needs Funk Fingers like right now , ready to pay a good price for it please contact me if you wanna sell yours at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very cool. I´ve heard about this 10 minutes ago.
I use a style playing my bass wich is almost the same.
I use my finger tops as tapping fingers but in the end of the strings. I hit the string and then strikes back like the slap tecjnuiqe. It's getting a very smooth, and varm sound.
But one question: Don't you need to put some rubber or silicone on the end of the drum sticks to prevent the sound from getting "scratchy"?
Hey y'all -- I am a big fan of Levin and an internet "newby". I must say I have been unimpressed with the net and besides all the cool stuff I could find about rock bands, fetishes and being able to shop things to death, my suspicions that I wasn't missing anything have been confirmed. But when i found out I might be able to buy funk fingers on line there was a glimmer of utility to the whole concept. i hope you can work out a deal soon. Just think of all the lazy bass players out there that will eventually get wired. Thanks and please say hello to Tony for me
-- he is revered! Jeff Acker
I need a pair of "Funk Fingers" for a current recording project.
Can anybody help me?
If anyone has a pair of funk fingers that they wanna sell, please email me. thanks
Got my f.f. two weeks ago - and I'm quite surprised how it works that well.
Sure, there are these problems to keep them under control at higher speeds and accuracy is not the word I'd connect with me playing funk-fingered. But these are problems that certainly can get fixed.
Most important: They are damned inspiring! I put them on and play things I would not have come up with not using them. Add some funny effects and it gets really weird. For sure you shouldn't overuse them, it has to fit to the song.
Surprisingly the drummer I mostly play with is the biggest fan of them, I hope he won't go out and buy a bass for just using them. He's so good at drumming.
Got my ff's - love them (still working on the coordination thing though). The look on my drummer's face as i slipped them on to demonstrate was priceless. One comment though, being a woman and quite petite with very small fingers (it's a wonder i chose bass) any chance of making a shorter version (ie length)? the thickness is just right, but the ff's are about an inch and a quarter longer than my fingers....just a thought...thanks Tony for being a continued inspiration. -Shannon (Nite 'n' Day, Portland, Maine)
I play bass in a folk/rock band called the BeneJesurits (www.benejesurits.com) and I recently bought the FF's for one particular song...I thought the sound would be perfect for it. Well, it was, and it gave a great new edge to that song (2B recorded in the next couple months.) Since then, I've started using them on a few other tunes as well, and I've come up with a couple tips for my fellow finger funkers: 1. try using just one, then you can switch to playing "normally" for softer portions of the song (e.g. FF's for the chorus, "normal" for the verse). 2. FF's+ drop D=DAMN!!!!!
whenever I hear the word "bass", Tony Levin's performing "Elephant Talk" introductory notes come to my mind. What a way to feel the music! Thank's Tony, for such a great music. BTW I saw you and Crims in 96 when you were over here in Mexico, the best concert I've ever been at...
Big thanks to you and all at papabear for distributing the FF's in Europe too. I wasn't sure if they would even get to me. I have just opened the packet and I can't wait to strap them on and give them a go. I am currently sessioning on an album and have seven more tracks to put down.I can't wait to see the producer's face when I slip these puppies on.I just hope I can get a chance to use them. By the way if anyone else out there is UK based I suggest that if you want to hear Tony's other projects that you order via this site as most of the major UK record stores do not appear to keep anything in stock(typical).Anyway thanks again, I'll let you know if the FF's get on the album.
Love the Funk Fingers! We're already using them on two songs; they only took 1 or 2 rehearsals to get the hang of. I'm smacking the heck out of my six string! I'm using a clean tone for one song, but totally overdriving the amp on the other -- whatta sound! Gotta get a few more sets for spares...
Just recently, I've come to know Master Tony Levin through his voice on bass... and started to gravitate towards that voice... Following? Yes. But only to feel the emotion and beauty of that voice, and to consistently witness that "real life" emotions can be interpretted, then voiced on an instrument in the bass clef... so many listeners don't realize that the "thing" which is drawing them into the song, and provoking them to move - physically AND emotionally - is the bass guitar... Master Levin does this without fail... Thank you Mr. Levin for being yourself, and sharing your voice... AND sharing your experiences as a working (understatement) ELECTRIC BASS PLAYER... your website is insightful, candid, and personal... I didn't even know it existed until yesterday! It has such a
"welcoming" vibe... OK, I am submitting my comments on the Funk Fingers page, so... When I saw Master Levin on Saturday Night Live with Master Gabriel, I just about flipped my figurative wig... "Tony must have gone nutso or something!" came to mind... It still seems "nutso" to me to hit one's bass with modified drumsticks, but if Master Levin does it.... and there seems to be quite a few of my fellow "low-noters" that are pleasantly surprised with their FF's..... I don't know, some day I'll get a wild hair and you'll be shipping me a pair... Best always, Todd ("Master" used above for dramatic purposes)
I've noticed, reading the website, that a lot of people abbreviate Funk Fingers to "FF;" why not call them "french fries?"
Also, I am so happy that you have recorded with NEXUS. I've only heard a snippet from a song about an espresso machine but I was terrified. Thank you.
Tony, I just received the FF's and I love them!
The percussive attack I get with them is just
what our newest song needed. My fellow band members
in The Ugly Truth looked at me with concern when
I first put them on at rehearsal(fearing that our
tightness as a unit was about to be compromised.
Happily, though, I had the foresight to practice
on my own.) However, once they heard the FF's
applied to the new tune they were as thrilled as I
was. I am one satisfied customer! P.S. I love your
book "Beyond the Bass Clef"!
Thanks for the Funk Fingers, they really kick ass and look great as well on stage, i only have a hard time picking my nose with them!
Hey, this Funk Fingers are just great! Besides making me look good, they make the bass sound like thunder!!! I have a lot of trouble with slapping, so the Funk Fingers have helped me a lot. Thank you, Mr. Levin, for sharing this great invent whit us bass players...
I've had my Funk Fingers for several months now, I ordered them along with my copy of BLUE (what a killer album!) I haven't spent enough time with them yet, but when I do put 'em on they take me to a different place - I just don't think this way when I'm playing "normal" bass. I'm still not very adept with them, but I'm enjoying this new approach quite a bit and I've gotta say a big "Thank you!" to Tony for making these available - and for being such an inspiration. You're just too cool! :)
i like this site.
yet another use for the amazing funk fingers! i am
not a bass player but i am a drummer, i am also a
pagan and go to many festvals etc. at these events
i carry a frame drum which is basically boring to
play. with the funk fingers, the frame drum almost
becomes a kit! i'm inspired enough to try playing
bass as well. what happened to the BLUE gig at the
I've been in the studio for oh… too long now (It's my own, so I have all the time I want. Which, in itself may not be a good thing. Deadlines work for the best sometimes). And yesterday I was laying down a bass line for a song that I've recorded several times and never quite gotten a feel that I've been satisfied with. When I play it with a pick it sounds to 'rocker' and when I play it with fingers it's not punchy enough. My solution was to play with my fingernails, which was a happy medium
Then I tried funk fingers on a whim. Holy cow! The song's done, and it sounds awesome.
BTW, As a hint: Glue the flaps of the funk fingers so they face away from each other. If you're a moron like me and glue them in the same direction you may undo a flap if you bump fingers.
The funk fingers are the most ingenious creation in the bass world. I thought they would be hard to get used to, but as soon as I opened the package and put them on they just felt right. It's like slapping with to fingers. One can play a couple of different melodies at once. Use the funk fingers to hit the strings in a certain percussive pattern and hammer on and pull off with your fretting hand. They open up a new world to playing.Thanks Tony andPeter.
These funk fingers are pretty dawn cool!
I've been using mine for at least six months now,and it seems my psycological state is getting more and more
unstable. Considering once my soul method of attacking my bass was by slapping like a hyperactive monkey, I
now have another means of showing off.
The percussive side of my brain has slowly been expanding,for example recently I attached a thin metal sheet as well as a small cowbell to the bottom my bass.
So while slapping (at certain angles) I can hit one of these attachments.
I can also tapp melodys using the first funk finger(pointing finger)
on the D or G string, and then adding triplets here and there
with both fingers.
At first I couldnt get my technique together but practice makes perfect, or in this case
a very wacky, versatile, unpridictable instrument.
The feeling of playing these extra bits is very cool. The rhythms you get with the cowbell and hitting deadened strings is
pretty cool, but its hard keeping it together.
Im having trouble using these extra bits on stage (mixers nightmare),
but they fit quite nicely into my groovy punk funk bands sound.
Ever since Ive been using funk fingers, girls have been following me round
at gigs, as well as the farmer I stole the cowbell off, for I live life
now I have funk fingers.
If anyone else in the world has been partaking in similar experimentation please write....
In the late 60s and early 70s I used to band the strings on my bass with drums sticks but found little use for the sound as I couldn't really get anything out of it other than percussive sound. Today, I play upright bass and bought a pair of Funk Fingers after a friend told me about Tony's use. I am probably the only upright player that uses them, but not as the electric players. I discarded the finger strap and just hold the short stick and bang each string. Closer to the bridge for a tight sound and closer to the fingerboard for a fuller sound. I only use one stick and this is the right length. Full drums stick were way to long. It is perfect for those Latin and Rock type styles. As I seldom work with a drummer, Funk Fingers really stand out as a welcome dynamic. Well done Tony.
I just received my FF last week and found a real intresting use for them.I am a drummer who has a burning passion for
the bass guitar.I first sat down with FF trying to play a couple tunes from Tony's world diary album.Then I went over
to my private studio to play some drums and decided to try the FF on my drumkit(after all the idea came out of
transposing the drumsticks to bass sticks).The intresting thing is I discovered that with one hand on the HH you can play
quarter notes with one finger and triplets with the other(like flams).Same goes for the snare but its hard to get a punchy
sound with out lifting your hand too much which makes it harder to play the ghost notes.But using them on the middle,index
or the pinky is a great way to develop finger control for drummers.Also I can put the bass on my lap and switch between the
drums and the bass guitar or play them at the same time.I also tried playing my Santur with them but thats going to take more
control.(The Santur is an Iranian instrument like a lyre played with really thin sticks).Tell your drummer freinds to practice
with the FF.
Tony, and all Funk Finger enthusiasts... I've been fooling around with a pair of funk fingers (on guitar) for a week or two now, and this is what I've observed:1. The most obvious technique would be smacking bass lines out on the lower strings. I like this w/ an octave pedal (such as the Boss OC-2).2. Another useful application is to use them while playing three note 'funk' chords, where you generaly nail one or two beats out of a bar. Doing so, you can switch to strumming with your thumb for softer passages.If you're really a freak, you can play with a pick between your thumb and ring finger...Since I've been using things like drumsticks and screwdrivers to rend unusual sounds from my instrument, the FF's are a welcome addative to my sound.Thanks Tony/Papabear. I hope this helps.-DPwww.fullsail.com
I have used my FF's for about 5 hours now (plucked them out of the box instantly)and haven't put them down until now.Wow are they great! And a great hand exercise too,I found out I have a lot of muscles attatchedto those two digits, all the way up the arm.One of my favorite new techniques is to play them very fast and get a hammered dulcimer type of sound.The bounce off the strings has a great feel too.This works great when doing bass loops.Thanks Tony and PapaBear
so i got my pair of funk fingers about a year ago or so....i love them a whole lot, but the problem was that as a guitarist, it's kinda hard to really get a good chance to use them. not until last week. i used them on acoustic guitar at a senior recital for a friend of mine at nyu. this developed a few weeks before the recital, when i was just fooling around with them on a part of the song, and my pal, jim (the man of the senior recital) was like, "you HAVE to use those somewhere." sure enough, they worked like a charm.
now, if only i wasn't so stupid. because the fingers kept slipping off the straps, i decided to glue the straps on to my fingers. they stick great, now. they'll never come off. only thing is that i didn't put them on right. oh well. the law of averages? or just a lot of stupidity on my part. c'est la vie.
Note from Tony Levin: Glad to hear the f.fingers are getting used, especially in unusual ways. We ship them, I believe, with instructions to find the right placement for the stretch velcro strips, and then glue them to the sticks with a couple of drops of superglue. Perhaps we should have shipped them already glued on, but then they wouldn't fit correctly on large or very small fingers - this way they're sure to fit, but you must glue them or the sticks will come flying off! My experience is that, once glued, they've never come loose - and I've been hammering away with one pair for years now. Good luck, t.l. - 4-25-98A quick follow-up on my previous message: The 'obnoxious knocking sound' I referred to was actually the sticks and/or the strings (beneath the sticks when being struck) hitting the pickups. This is why, at first, I found it better to use Funk Fingers down by the bridge. Once I got more adept at using them I was able to play closer to the pickups - but this still can cause more POP than I might want. Very cool tool for playing bass. Thanks Tony, Jerry and Andy!
USA - Monday, April 13, 1998 at 11:41:08 (EDT)
I play a Carvin fretless bass in a flamenco world-pop acoustic band called
Silk Road. I read the feedback from people who own the Funk Fingers, and it generated a few wacky ideas for Tony Levin and the manufacturers. 1. Ever thought about making an equivalent version of Funk Fingers for guitar playing?
2. I've used chopsticks (as I AM Japanese) in a similar way (attached to my fingers)to play electric guitar before--kinda thin sounding, but effective to get a santur-like feel off of the strings. Maybe you could do something with
that idea. 3. Have you ever thought of issuing different wood diameters for the Funk Fingers? Real thin ones for the 'Tito Puentes' out there, and
large ones for the 'John Bonhams'! 4. There are these drumsticks called 'Blasticks', which consist of a bundle of smaller dowels, either plastic or wood. How would that affect the Funk Finger sound? I think it would give
it an interesting 'klack' to each hit. 5. How about hollowing out the Funk Fingers and filling them with small pebbles to give them a shaker effect? I know--use bamboo! I'm getting wacky. I'd better stop.
Really cool idea, Tony. I can't wait to hear you again live. And I can't wait to see you play your 3 stringed custom Ernie Ball bass--I thought
that was a riot since everyone and their grandma seems to want MORE strings on their bass! Mike Masuda bajo flamenco
It's taken me a while to get used to playing with Funk Fingers.
They're a bit thicker than I was expecting (even though they are adequately shown to scale on this web page!).
For those just trying out Funk Fingers,
Here's a couple of 'tips' that may be helpful:
1) take your time getting used to them, I initially had problems in hitting ONLY the string I wanted (esp. the A and D strings!), but with practice, it gets easier (try doing scales slowly).
2) I have 2 pickups on my bass, I found that I best like the sound when I turn off the lower pickup and hit the strings near the bridge (otherwise you can get an obnoxious knocking sound!).
3) If you play along w/ recordings, find songs w/ relatively simple bass-lines (this alleviates the tedium of practicing scales!). A few songs I have a lot of fun with are 'Give it Away' by the
Chili Peppers, 'Fame' (by Bowie, esp the live version) and 'Psycho Killer' by Talking Heads, and 'Sabado Sombrero' (sp?) by Ron Carter (this may be a little harder to find (from Spanish Blue - may be out of print), but WELL worth it!).