Funky Chords

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Funky is one of my favorite styles, and today I wanna share with you a nice and tight funk with some fresh chords.

    Funky Chords - 95 bpm - A Dorian

    Mainly based around a repetitive Dorian I - IV that ends with V altered seven back to I, the study presents some common funky chords, with some voices moving based around 7ths 6ths and 4ths to 3rds.

    Am7 - Am6 - Am7 - Am6 - Dsus7 -D7 - Dsus7 - D7

    Am7 - Am6 - Am7 - Am6 - Dsus7 -D7 - Dsus7 - E7#5 - Am7

    Theory Focus

    When you find 7th chords not diatonic to the key, most of the time are secondary dominant, that without write a book, are diatonic chords altered, to match the 7th chord formula and create tension, toward another diatonic chord, in this case or E7#5.

    Techniques Focus

    A rule of thump when playing sixteenth-notes Funks, is never stop your right hand! The only exception to this rule is with sixteenth notes triplets, where the right hand stops after played the last upstroke for just a sixteenth, to start again with a down stroke, without altering the Down Up pattern.

    Pro Tips

    Play Hard and with conviction, there is no place for shy player in funk!

    See You Next Lesson!

    Joe Kataldo
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