James Brown Style

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMCers! Welcome to complete overview of a James Brown Style Funk Rhythm Guitar. If you are new to funk rhythm guitar and want to achieve some of that vibe within your own compositions or just looking for some fun rhythm patterns for practice - try it!

    In this lesson we will be talking mostly about Jimmy Nolen's guitar techniques, JBs guitar player, explain his tone and characteristic way of playing, and where and why you should use these techniques. In this lesson we will work on one chord harmony, as JB usually played. If you are interested in more bluesy 3 chord harmony based on the JBs style, feel free to check out Joe Kataldo's JB Style lesson as well.

    All the techniques used in the lesson are suitable for you if you want to create "funky" feel within your playing or your own compositions. Funk style is very important style to master, and it finds use in lots of other musical styles too!

    Once you are finished with this lesson, and want to see how you can connect it to some lead-style playing as well, try Laszlo's Funk Themes Lesson as well.

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

    * Strumming
    * Muting
    * Chicken Tone
    * Slides

    Equipment & Tone Settings:
    * Fender Telecaster John 5 Signature Electric guitar, both pickup position
    * Focusrite OctoPre MKII preamp/converter into E-MU 1212m audio system
    * Amplitube 3 software, Fender Deluxe Reverb amp (Bass 4, Middle 7, Treble 9.5, Presence 9), Compressor.

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    Enjoy!/ Ivan

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