Funk Metal Riff

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hi GMC'ers! My name is Cosmin and this is my first lesson here at GMC. This is the first part out of a series of concept lessons which I symbolically entitled: "The Groove".
    My goal regarding this series, would be to give everyone interested in rhythm playing and development, a thorough insight on combining creativity, dynamics, feel, and control.

    This particular lesson, "Funk Metal Riff" is a actually a funk metal riff, inspired by Mr. Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, and it is played in the key of E.

    In the mean time, stay focused, feel, study with your head not only with your hands and most important, never forget to enjoy music.

    Listening Recommendations:
    * Pornograffity
    * Waiting For The Punchline

    Focus/ Benefits:
    * Using pentatonic/ blues scale shapes in a creative way
    * Achieving rhythmic control and steadiness
    * Improve right hand technique (alternate between 16th notes and sextuplets, hybrid picking)
    * Making use of controlled bending
    * Improving intonation and dynamics specific to the style
    * "Musical Trick" - playing the major and minor third of E over the same E chord


    Standard (E - A - D - G - B - E)
    (From thick to thin)

    100 BPM

    E blues scale

    If you have any questions:
    * Give feedback (upper-right-corner)
    * General Forum

    Thank You!/ Cosmin

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