Funky Strumming
Jad Diab
Jul 17 2008, 12:22 AM
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Hey GMCer's, here's my third lesson on the SI board, hope you'll enjoy it smile.gif
My first lesson was a bit jazzy, the second one a bit rockin', but this time it's gonna be funky.

This lesson is based on a funky guitar strumming, with lot of variations to create melodies, this technique is used by lot of musicians, you just focus on a main idea (rythm) and add variations to create some phrasing, and it can make a song a lot less boring then repeating the same melodie all the time.
You can have fun and improvise on the backing tracks, the key is in A Dorian, (for beginners, A minor pentatonic works well smile.gif )
All comments and feedbacks are welcome, I will be happy to read them and answer to all questions.
I hope you'll like my lesson, and I hope that I'll manage to be an instructor at GMC one day.

Main Video :
Here's the Videos Progressions
Video 1 ; Video 2 ; Video 1 ; Video 3 ; Video 4 ; Video 5
Attached File  Main_video.wmv ( 16.59MB ) Number of downloads: 990



Video 1 :
Here's the main rythmic pattern, notice how I'm muting the unwanted strings so we can hear only the notes that we want to hear. It's creates a sort of dirty effect on sound, that is typical for funk. At the end of this pattern you'll find the D7 chord (Dominant 7), D7 is typical of A Dorian, you won't find it in the other modes (if using the key of A), it's called the Sub-Dominant. You can check out Andrew's theory lesson Modal Chord Progressions for more informations .By the way 'bout sound, if your looking for your tone, you'll better seek a crunch sound, too much distorsion will kill the groove of funk. You need a crunch sound with little bit of gain, in order to hear every note cleanly. I'm using a Pod X3, my tone name is plexy phase.
Attached File  1.wmv ( 16.13MB ) Number of downloads: 660

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------7-5-------------------------------------7-5----------------------3-|
G|-----------7-5----------------7b-7p5---------------7-5---------------7p5----5-|
D|-5h7-7--------------5h7-7----------------5h7-7-------------5h7-7------------4-|
A|-------x-x-----x-x--------x-x--------x-x-------x-x-----x-x-------x-x-----x--5-|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Video 2 :
In this pattern, there's lot of variations, the first one is on the 2nd bar, you'll see a chormatic sequence using the "devil's interval" the dimineshed fifth. Again, carefull on muting unwanted strings, and the the second variations is a little shred run, in the key of A dorian that ends up with a C5 chord.
Attached File  2.wmv ( 23.22MB ) Number of downloads: 613

E|---------------------------------------------------------------15-14-12--------------------------
B|-----------7-5----------------10-10-9-9-8-8------------7-5-------------15-13-12-15-13-12---------
G|-----------7-5----------------9--9--8-8-7-7------------7-5------------------------------14-12-11-
D|5h7-7--------------5h7-7----------------------5h7-7----------------------------------------------
A|-------x-x-----x-x--------x-x--------------x-x------x-x----x-x-----------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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14-12-11---------12-|
--------14-12-10-10-|
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Video 3 :
This is a laid back pattern, rythmic placement is really important in this one, so careful on timing.
Attached File  3.wmv ( 19.38MB ) Number of downloads: 513

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------7-5------------------------------13-10---------7/8\7-7-5--|
G|-----------7-5--------------------------x-x-------11-12-9------------|
D|-5h7-7-------------5h7-7-----5p4-------------------------------------|
A|-------x-x-----x-x-------x-x-----5-3---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|


Video 4 :
This pattern is the same as in Video 1, there's only a small variation at the end.
Attached File  4.wmv ( 15.47MB ) Number of downloads: 534

E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------7-5-------------------------------------7-5------------------|
G|-----------7-5----------------7b-7p5---------------7-5---------------5--|
D|-5h7-7--------------5h7-7----------------5h7-7-------------5h7-7-----4--|
A|-------x-x-----x-x--------x-x--------x-x-------x-x-----x-x-------x-x----|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Video 5 :
I like this pattern, a little shred run on the second bar, and then you do a bend on the G and the B string at the same time, notice how I'm putting my fingers.
Attached File  5.wmv ( 18.1MB ) Number of downloads: 507

E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------7-5---------------------------------------7b-7-5-----5-7------|
G|-----------7-5---------------------------------------7b-7-5-----5-7--7/9-|
D|-5h7-7-------------5h7-7-------------5-4---5h7-7---------------------5/7-|
A|-------x-x-----x-x-------------5-7-9-------------x-x--------x-x----------|
E|-------------------------5-7-8-------------------------------------------|


Backing Tracks :
Attached File  BT_80.mp3 ( 1.26MB ) Number of downloads: 448

Attached File  BT_90.mp3 ( 1.12MB ) Number of downloads: 353

Attached File  BT_100.mp3 ( 1.01MB ) Number of downloads: 384

Attached File  BT_110.mp3 ( 938.49K ) Number of downloads: 360

Attached File  BT_120.mp3 ( 876.04K ) Number of downloads: 364

Guitar pro :
Attached File  Funky_Strumming.gp5 ( 4.52K ) Number of downloads: 316

Gear :
Ibanez RG prestige 1570 MRB with EMG 81/S/85 pickups
Line 6 POD X3
Marshall MG100DFX
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
Cubase SX
EZ drummer
FL Studio 5.0
Vegas Movie Maker 6.0

I'll be happy to read your comments and feedbacks. If you've got any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them.

Greetings,

Jad.

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Jul 17 2008, 12:40 PM
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Nice patterns ZZ,well done! smile.gif

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Jul 17 2008, 12:48 PM
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Nice lesson, Jad. Love the sound and the feel. Great video quality too. I will learn this lesson. Keep up the good work.

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Cool lesson mate, really nice smile.gif

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Jul 17 2008, 01:07 PM
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Funkalicious! Nice lesson!

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Jul 17 2008, 01:34 PM
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Nice and funky man, great job smile.gif

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That was a very cool lesson man

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Jad Diab
Jul 18 2008, 02:28 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jul 17 2008, 01:40 PM) *
Nice patterns ZZ,well done! smile.gif

Thanks a lot Muris, I'm really happy that you like it, it's always cool to have kind words from our Guitar Idol tongue.gif .

QUOTE (Col Roberts @ Jul 17 2008, 01:48 PM) *
Nice lesson, Jad. Love the sound and the feel. Great video quality too. I will learn this lesson. Keep up the good work.

Thanks Roberts, don't hesitate to post your takes, I would be really happy to hear them wink.gif .

QUOTE (kyldeee @ Jul 17 2008, 01:49 PM) *
Cool lesson mate, really nice smile.gif

Love ur jacket biggrin.gif

laugh.gif laugh.gif yeah indeed it's a cool jacket, stay tuned for next lesson smile.gif

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jul 17 2008, 02:07 PM) *
Funkalicious! Nice lesson!

Funkalicious, wow that's a great word, thanks a lot Cael smile.gif

QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 17 2008, 02:34 PM) *
Nice and funky man, great job smile.gif

Thanks Ivan, funk is pretty cool, thanks for the comment man.

QUOTE (superize @ Jul 17 2008, 07:31 PM) *
That was a very cool lesson man

Thanks Superize, I'm glad you like it smile.gif


Thanks for these comments guys, I'm going on vacation, so I won't be hanging on GMC for 'bout a month from now on, I hope that I'll be able to find an internet connection, so like this I'll pass by and see what's going on 'round here. Anyway I'm sure that I'll come back with new ideas, and do a new lesson.
I wish you all Great Vacations.

Cheers to all GMCers wink.gif

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Hey my neighbor !

I loved (and learned !) your second lesson, and this one sounds awesome as well smile.gif
Keep this good work smile.gif

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I'm loving the funk! Cool lesson mate !

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Nice lesson. Like the funk. smile.gif

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Cool lesson mate, I like it smile.gif

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nice lesson mate.
p.s I really like the camera angle that you use here.

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Well done Jad, you nailed funky smile.gif

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Wow, thanks for all those comments guys, my vacation was great and refreshing ; but it was really cool to come back home, and check out GMC, lots of new lesson on the site.
Hope you all had great vacations smile.gif

Edit: by the way Chmilew, it's really cool that you like my lessons, if anyday you feel you wanna jam on guitar, don't hesitate to PM me smile.gif

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Glad to have you back mate, I hope you had a good vacation smile.gif

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Thanks man smile.gif

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Just added this one to the knowledge base too,
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...mming_SI_Lesson

Again, it would be cool if these older SI lessons were uploaded to youtube so that we could have them embedded both in the wiki & forums smile.gif

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