Single Line Funk Technique

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi everyone!

    This month we gonna take a closer look at the techniques involved when playing Funk single lines - muted, open and skank techniques.

    Muted - we slighty mute the strings next to the bridge with the palm of the right hand.

    Open - just let the notes ring without muting. We get a louder tone with more attack.

    Skank - it's the most percussive & "agressive" technique with loud and fat attack.
    It's also the most difficult. Some fingers of left hand have to isolate the played note and others mute adjacent strings, all this simultaneously.
    So we get both the played note and the ghost note at the same time.

    We've got 3 main examples and as you could see in the demo video, to save time, I play each one once with the 3 techniques.
    So to make an efficient work I recommend you to isolate one example & one technique and work on it until you're comfortabe.
    Secondly you could switch from one technique to another and it's of course important to be able to do this especially in a band/live context.

    The backing track is a Funk vamp in E - 90 Bpm - and we gonna use the E minor pentatonic scale.

    - Gear used -
    Suhr Tele & Badger amp

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