Slap & Tap Funk

by Javier Aviles

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    THE PROFESSOR Getting that slick, funky groove in your playing, as demonstrated expertly by Javier in this lesson, all comes down to playing steady and accurate rhythms. There’s no point in slapping and popping if you aren’t in the pocket, so having a strong understanding and control of 8th and 16th-note rhythms is essential when playing in the funk style of cats like James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic and other funk legends. 

    So get up off of that thang and dig into 8th-Note Rhythms, as well as the faster and slicker 16th-Note Rhythms to bring a deep sense of groove to your slap and pop guitar playing.

    Greetings from Granada (Andalucia, Spain)!

    In this lesson I use two techniques: slapping and tapping. In the slap parts, I play with my right hand by slapping notes with the thumb and popping notes with the rest of the fingers. Slap and pop techniques have two different sounds when played on the guitar. The tapping parts are played using two hands tapping technique. All this is put into a funky rhythm song.

    Music Style:
    Funk Maceo style

    Tonality & Chords:
    E Major

    Slap & pop, two hands tapping

    I used a Parker Fly Deluxe guitar with a little bit of delay.

    Standard tuning: E,A,D,G,B,E

    105 bpm (Slow parts at 55 bpm)
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