I Got Rhythm Guitar 9 - Funk Basics IV

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Refer to Funk Basics I for more useful hints

    Funk Basics IV

    This lesson deal with eight-notes, dotted eight-notes & sixteenth-notes (check also "Funk basic I, II & III) 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. one eight-note, a skip & two sixteenth-notes;

    2. two sixteenth-notes, a eight-note & a skip;

    3. one dotted eight-note, two skips & a sixteenth-note;

    4. one sixteenth-note, a dotted eight-note & two skips;

    5. a sixteenth-note, an eight-note, a skip & a sixteenth-note;


    Don't stop your hand when playing eight-notes or dotted eight-note!

    Keep the sixteenth-notes scratching constant, skipping one sixteenth-note for eight-notes and two for dotted eight-notes, while the left hand adds and keeps pressure for all the note duration (on skips too);

    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

    By now we have a lot of funk stuff to work on, in the next lesson we will put all together with an easy funk study, so practice and get ready for my next lesson! :-D

    Joe Kataldo
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