Origin of Funk Music
Funk music originated in the mid-1960s through the danceable combination of soul music, R&B, and jazz.
Characteristics of Funk Music
- Strong bass lines
- Heavy syncopated beats
- Instrumental solos
- Use of electric guitar
- Use of the bass as a melodic and rhythmic source
One thing that I appreciate about funk music is its ability to be applied to other music genres. I have seen many artists sample funk music in their songs. I believe that this often adds a different element to the music, especially those within R&B and Hip-Hope genres. As with most music created by African-Americans, the unconventional combination of the many music genres within funk music created something truly amazing.