I Got Rhythm Guitar 7 - Funk Basics II

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Refer to Funk Basics I for more useful hints

    Funk Basics II

    This lesson will add one more attack per beat with a sum of two("Funk basic I" dealt with one attack per beat) displacing them in different rhythmic combinations, as before we will start scratching (ghost note) all sixteenth-notes (four per beat) with a constant down/up strumming, muting the strings laying lightly an E9 chord (the James Brown Chord), and adding pressure to play different accents:

    1. on the first two sixteenth-notes, with a down-stroke & an up-stroke, followed by two scratches;

    2. on the third & fourth sixteenth-notes, with a down-stroke & an up-stroke, preceded by two scratches;

    3. on the second & third sixteenth-notes, with an up-stroke & a down stroke, preceded by one and followed by one scratch;

    4. on the first & third sixteenth-notes, with down-strokes, & scratches in between;

    5. on the second & fourth sixteenth-notes, with up-strokes, & scratches in between;

    6. on the first & fourth sixteenth-notes, with a down-stroke & an up-stroke, and two scratches in between;


    Some of this rhythmic exercises are alternated by one beat of scratching to make the rhythmic cell stands out;

    These exercises are the building blocks of funk guitar, and needs to be practiced daily!

    Recommended Listening

    Essential Funk Discography

    Next lesson will be on three and four attacks per beat... keep practicing, see ya soon!

    Joe Kataldo
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