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post Jul 15 2008, 06:17 PM
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Hello GMC,

I am back with another lesson, this one is about

Funk Rhythms

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Short info about me:

My name is Sigge Bjerkhof, im 29 years old living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ive been playing music since i was 16 years old, i lost interrest in music for 6-7 years, but joining GMC made me want to play music again:)
I primarily like funk, jazz and rock music but i can enjoy a good metal shred as well now and then

Now lets get started :

I composed this little tune for my lesson, it contains some funky chords but also some regular chords.
Before we go to the main video i would like to write a few words about this lesson, it can be played both with a pick and without a pick using your fingers. I have choosen to use my point finger, as i feel like it gives me more control when muting the strings.

If your only used to playing with a pick its certainly possible as well, here you have some video examples of the basic right and left hand technique used in this lesson, note that i used a pick in the example, but in the main video's i used my finger.

Left hand technique: Attached File  Lefthand.mpg ( 2.94MB ) Number of downloads: 2449

The main thing here is to hammer-on the chords using your fingers while holding a barre as shown in the video.

Right hand technique: Attached File  Righthand.mpg ( 3.64MB ) Number of downloads: 1661

The most impordant technique when playing rhythm funk is to constantly pick up and down the strings, you also have to mute the strings when you arent playing any chords, it might take some practice to combine the two techniques but once you got it down its really fun smile.gif

Lets go to the main video...
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Tempo:110 BPM 4/4

Main video Attached File  Mainvideo.mpg ( 11.2MB ) Number of downloads: 3100


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Part 1: Attached File  vid1.mpg ( 7.68MB ) Number of downloads: 4198


Chord Progression :

---------Em7--------------------------------Hm7-------------------------Bbm7-------------------------------Am7---------------------------------------------------------
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-----------Am9
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We start off with Em7 chord played as shown in the examples, muting the strings is alpha omega here, as they create the vibe that goes with the style, we are landing on the 9th using our pinky.

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Part2: Attached File  vid2.mpg ( 6.74MB ) Number of downloads: 2891


Chord Progression:

---------D9---------------------------------G---------------------------------Hsus7---------------------------------H7------------------------
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In this section the only thing that differs from the first video technique-wise is that on the D9 chord we slide from C#9 to D9, this is a common technique used to create a funky vibe. You should also Hammer-on from Hsus7 to H7.

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Part3: Attached File  vid3.mpg ( 6.92MB ) Number of downloads: 2116


Chord Progression:

------------Amaj9------------------------------Emaj9-----------------------H--------------------------------A---------------------------------------
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Now we take a trip down the fretboard to visit Amaj9, i choose to take it on the 12th because it gives the song a lift using higher tones as a contrast, you have to mute the Both E strings, i use my thumb for the low E and my pinky for the high E.

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Part4: Attached File  vid4.mpg ( 7.39MB ) Number of downloads: 1795


Chord Progression:

--------------A--------------------------------C#m7-----------------------F#m7-------------------------------Hsus7
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]-------H
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Hammer-on D#m7, and from Hsus7 to H

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Part5: Attached File  Vid5.mpg ( 4.9MB ) Number of downloads: 1499


Chord Progression:

------------E-------------------------------D---------------
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----------G-------------------------------A--------------------------------Bb-------------------------------H---------------------------
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Final riff of the song, you dont have to strum here, just hit the notes at the right time according to the beat.

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And finally we have the backing tracks

80 BPM : Attached File  Backing80.mp3 ( 2.29MB ) Number of downloads: 1362


90 BPM: Attached File  Backing90.mp3 ( 2.04MB ) Number of downloads: 600


100 BPM: Attached File  Backing100.mp3 ( 1.83MB ) Number of downloads: 633


110 BPM: Attached File  Backing110.mp3 ( 1.67MB ) Number of downloads: 794



Thats it for me, i hope some of you found it usefull , ask away if you have any questions smile.gif

Cheers

Siggum

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post Jul 15 2008, 06:29 PM
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Well explained and great lesson,thanks Siggum! smile.gif


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post Jul 15 2008, 09:00 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jul 15 2008, 07:29 PM) *
Well explained and great lesson,thanks Siggum! smile.gif


Thanks Muris smile.gif


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post Jul 15 2008, 09:01 PM
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Nice lesson man!

H chords should be named B though.

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QUOTE (kjutte @ Jul 15 2008, 10:01 PM) *
Nice lesson man!

H chords should be named B though.


Actually H and B is the same smile.gif


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post Jul 15 2008, 09:09 PM
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QUOTE (Siggum @ Jul 15 2008, 10:03 PM) *
Actually H and B is the same smile.gif


The internatonal term though is B, I'm pretty sure smile.gif

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post Jul 15 2008, 09:12 PM
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QUOTE (Siggum @ Jul 15 2008, 10:03 PM) *
Actually H and B is the same smile.gif


Dude, that's why I said it.
Internationally it's B. smile.gif
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post Jul 15 2008, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE (kjutte @ Jul 15 2008, 10:12 PM) *
Dude, that's why I said it.
Internationally it's B. smile.gif


No problem man, same chord but different way of putting, theres no wrong or right smile.gif

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QUOTE (Siggum @ Jul 15 2008, 10:19 PM) *
No problem man, same chord but different way of putting, theres no wrong or right smile.gif


smile.gif ment no offense ofcourse!
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Thanks for this, Siggum. It sounds great! I'm definetely going to try it out (when I find time - there's hope though, since my vacation has started!)
I just returned from Copenhagen and really missed my guitars when away. Next time I'll bring one and come around! tongue.gif

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post Jul 15 2008, 11:51 PM
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Nice lesson Sigge. Great vibe here man! smile.gif


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post Jul 16 2008, 12:32 AM
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post Jul 16 2008, 08:33 AM
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Juat beautiful Siggum! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 16 2008, 08:39 AM
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Nice funky progression, great job man smile.gif
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Great lesson, Siggum. smile.gif Thank you. Looking forward to the next one.

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post Jul 16 2008, 09:49 AM
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Nice lesson!

One thing though: In the chord diagrams for part 2, I think you made a little mistake naming the H7 chord "Hsus7". It's just the opposite, the one you called H7 is Hsus7, and the one you called Hsus7 is H7.
At least as far as I know. smile.gif

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Beautiful lesson Siggum,and well played.
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post Jul 16 2008, 02:21 PM
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Thanks alot everyone biggrin.gif



QUOTE (seagull @ Jul 16 2008, 10:49 AM) *
Nice lesson!

One thing though: In the chord diagrams for part 2, I think you made a little mistake naming the H7 chord "Hsus7". It's just the opposite, the one you called H7 is Hsus7, and the one you called Hsus7 is H7.
At least as far as I know. smile.gif

Ellers god lektion.


Thanks Seagull,

I'm pretty sure its correct though, i play the sus7 chord and finish off on h7, If that was what you ment.


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I was hoping you would make a lesson like this... great one man, I'm defintly learning it right away, as funky rythm always been an issue to me.

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Great lesson. Your playing is awesome.

I hate the H rubbish as well. Really irritates me. It doesn't make sense. The alphabet goes A, B, C, D, E, F, G not A, H, C, D, E, F, G. Even if it was meaning the second run of 7 notes in alphabet it would be H being A not B. It's insanity. Why do they do it. Are they just trying to be different or do they do it to throw everybody. H for Horses***. biggrin.gif I will stop my rant now lol. B B B B B B B B tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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