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

    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);


    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 more rhythmic variations... keep practicing, see ya soon!

    Joe Kataldo
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