Single Note Grooves

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my single-note Funk/Soul guitar lesson!

    We are going back to the basics with this lesson as we will discuss the basic techniques of this musical style.

    Let's start with some fundamentals, you should :

    - memorize the location of the up & down strokes in the bar
    - be able to isolate each 16th in the bar (Exercices 1 to 5)

    Relax your picking hand as much as possible, constantly moving down and up on 16th notes (one stroke for the 16th note subdivision). This will help you to memorize the location of up & down strokes
    Throughout the lesson I slightly mute the strings with the palm of my right hand next to the bridge.

    Play each exercice looped, independently of one another. Practice with a metronome.
    Throughout the lesson, all ghost notes are played to help the rhythmic placement, but it will not necessarily be the case in a real playing situation.

    The backing track is a Em groove/vamp (85 bpm), so you could play notes from the Em pentatonic scale.

    Ex.1 to 5 are preparation exercises.
    Ex.6 to 9 feature some simple grooves.

    Gear used :
    Haar Stratocaster

    Have fun!
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