Slapping Funk Solos

by Javier Aviles

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    THE PROFESSOR With this rippin’ lesson by Javier, you are learning how to add Spanish guitar techniques to a funky guitar style as you explore Rasgueo and other rhythmic techniques on guitar. When working on right-hand techniques such as this, practicing as slow as possible can go a long way in helping you learn how to properly play each new technique in time and with confidence on the guitar. 

    As well, if you want to explore the Spanish guitar genre further, then learning how to play, build and apply the Phrygian Mode for Guitar will allow you to bring a Spanish melodic sound to your riffs, phrases and solos in no time.

    Greetings from Granada (Andalucia, Spain)!

    In this lesson I use funk slap and rasgueo techniques. For the slapping parts, I slap with my right hand thumb and pop with the rest of the fingers. The rasgueo is a technique to play rhythm strumming with the fingers of your right hand, similar to spanish guitar style of playing.

    Music Style:
    Funk, Stevie Wonder style

    Tonality & Chords:
    F Major

    Techniques:
    Slap and Pop, 8 Scales, right hand rasgueo

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

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

    Tempo:
    105 bpm. (Slow parts at 60 bpm)
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