I Got Rhythm Guitar 8 - Funk Basics III

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Refer to Funk Basics I for more useful hints



    Funk Basics III
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    This lesson deal with three and four attacks per beat ("Funk basic I" & "Funk Basics II" dealt with one and two attacks 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 three sixteenth-notes, with ds, up, & ds, followed by one scratch;

    2. on the last three sixteenth-notes, with us, ds, & us, preceded by one scratch;

    3. on the first, second & fourth sixteenth-notes, with ds, us & us, with one scratch in between;

    4. on the first, third & fourth sixteenth-notes, with ds, ds & us, with one scratch in between;

    5. four consecutive sixteenth-notes, with constant down/up strumming(as for all exercises);



    NOTE:

    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
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    Essential Funk Discography




    Next lesson will be on more rhythmic variations... keep practicing, see ya soon!

    Joe Kataldo

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