Funk Up Your Heavy Tracks

by David Wallimann

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  • In today's lesson, we'll work on creating a heavy rhythm track incorporating some funk elements. In order to successfully play this track, you need to have a solid clean alternate picking technique. Don't try to play this fast without a good foundation. Every note you play need to be precise and played with conviction. The idea is to stick to the bass part and follow the drums as close as you can.

    We'll use some pentatonic scales here to create the riffs following the chords. Notice how each chord is suggested by the corresponding pentatonic scale. Memorize everything at a comfortable speed and try to use some of the elements of this lesson to create your own riffs in that style.

    Remember to keep everything clean, if at any point your technique sounds sloppy, just go back to an easier tempo, analyze your playing and fix anything that is wrong. Practice makes perfect!

    A blues

    D blues

    E blues

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