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  1. Funk Basics (#56) - Page 1 by PJ Labinski (105)
    16th note grooves are the foundation for funk, and are used in many other types of music. This lesson will get you started with the basics. Quarter notes are divided into four 16th notes. They are counted as 1, e, +, a (...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 74587 Hits · 3.46/5 (94 ratings) · Last modified: 6/15/1999
  2. Funk Basics (#56) - Page 2 by PJ Labinski (105)
    This sequence shows how these accents can be combined so you can get down with your funky self. Notice that the accents fall on all four 16th notes. Loop this example for the full effect. Have fun
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 74587 Hits · 3.46/5 (94 ratings) · Last modified: 6/15/1999
  3. Funk Comping Patterns in E (#5) - Page 2 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    You can get a little involved by playing more of the chords using three or four note voicings, but still using the same kind of percussive effect. When we play the low C# on the 4th string in measure 3-4, we really start to ...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 166719 Hits · 4.21/5 (170 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
  4. Funk/Dance Lick In F#minor (#8148) - Page 1 by JAMES PLASENCIA (199)
    This lick was inspired by the Britney Spears song "In the Zone." I really like the intro riff and I try to listen to a variety of music. The lick is based on an F# minor triad which utilizes 16th notes and muting. The notes o...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 14979 Hits · 3.94/5 (18 ratings) · Last modified: 5/23/2004
  5. Rhythm Ideas (#8052) - Page 1 by JAMES PLASENCIA (199)
    All guitarist should be versatile and should have a solid rhythm foundation. I suggest listening to all types of music. Listen to R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, and Electronic music. Timing and rhythm can be developed by praticing with...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 14012 Hits · 4.31/5 (32 ratings) · Last modified: 5/5/2004
  6. Funky Fills with Attitude (#268) - Page 3 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    In this last example, we have a James Brown type of comping pattern going. At the end of measure 3, we throw in a little syncopated blues lick. After we repeat our main rhythm thang in mms. 5-6, we use the same fill to play...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 97948 Hits · 4.62/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 9/23/1999
  7. What You Won't Do For Love (#6456) - Page 1 by Robert Strait (6657)
    Here is a quick chord-melody arrangment for the intro to Bobby Caldwell's "What I Wouldn't Do For Love". You can check out the related thread <a href="http://www.wholenote.com/fretbuzz/fbmsg.asp?i=219243&n=Instructional&t=5&t...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 14594 Hits · 4.43/5 (21 ratings) · Last modified: 4/28/2003
  8. Beginning Funk Rhythms (#1032) - Page 5 by Frederick Burton (5465)
    Here is the 16th note pattern but now its in chordal form. The chord is the infamous "<b>James Brown</b>" chord. The chord in the example is a D9 chord w/o the root. Its called the "James Brown" chord because you hear it i...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 260109 Hits · 3.57/5 (281 ratings) · Last modified: 4/26/2000
  9. Funk Comping Patterns in E (#5) - Page 1 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Whenever I play funk, I always try to think percussive, like you're an integrated sound of the drummer's kit. This usually means lot of muted notes, and letting it out when there's space in the music. In this example, I jus...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 166719 Hits · 4.21/5 (170 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
  10. Funky Fills with Attitude (#268) - Page 2 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    In this example, we use double stops as part of our main rhythm part. When we end measure 3, we use a bend up to the high D to launch a small bluesy fill. We return to our rhythm, and then use the same initial motif from ou...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 97948 Hits · 4.62/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 9/23/1999
  11. Rhythm, Minor9 And Min11/Dom7sus4 Chords (#8242) - Page 1 by JAMES PLASENCIA (199)
    A good guitarist should have a couple of jazz chords in their repertoire. These chords can add a completely different sound to your chord progressions. I have included the chords for the song "Take a message" by Motown record...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 10352 Hits · 3.90/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 8/8/2004
  12. Funk Comping Patterns in E (#5) - Page 3 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Sometimes, you can just play little repeating types of solo fills to fill in the cracks between the bass and drums. Because this line just draws from the blues scale, and the blues scale fits well over both chords, we don't ...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 166719 Hits · 4.21/5 (170 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
  13. Tasty Bends and Runs in E (#6) - Page 1 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Here's a classic bluesy run that works well over this groove. It emphasizes the bend from the fourth (A) to the fifth (B) and the b7 (D) to the tonic (E). In each of the cases, you bend with your third finger up to frets to...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 88588 Hits · 4.59/5 (117 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/1999
  14. Freezing Fire (#2981) - Page 1 by Scott Cole (42)
    Watch out for difficult fingerings. You may soon see a revised version that is easier to play.
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 30617 Hits · 2.62/5 (56 ratings) · Last modified: 5/29/2001
  15. Funky Fills with Attitude (#268) - Page 1 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Earlier this evening I was playing around with some simple funk riffs and realized that I was inserting little fills here and there to embellish my rhythm playing. I also realized that I usually used the same kind of melodic...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 97948 Hits · 4.62/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 9/23/1999
  16. Beginning Funk Rhythms (#1032) - Page 4 by Frederick Burton (5465)
    Now we're going to get <b>FUNKY</b>!!! Below are just some patterns to run through. Practice slowly and get your groove on.
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 260109 Hits · 3.57/5 (281 ratings) · Last modified: 4/26/2000
  17. Beginning Funk Rhythms (#1032) - Page 3 by Frederick Burton (5465)
    Now we have the 16th note pattern under our hands, now its time to look at the left hand. The percussive muting that's prevelent in funk guitar is not created by the right hand but by the left hand or fingers (right hand if ...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 260109 Hits · 3.57/5 (281 ratings) · Last modified: 4/26/2000
  18. Beginning Funk Rhythms (#1032) - Page 2 by Frederick Burton (5465)
    To begin learning the 16th note rhythm its essential to grab a metronome and set it to a slow tempo. It's important to get the feeling of where the beat is at because later you'll see in a number of patterns, how percussive ...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Beginner · 260109 Hits · 3.57/5 (281 ratings) · Last modified: 4/26/2000
  19. Tasty Bends and Runs in E (#6) - Page 2 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    In this example, we bend the A up to the B and really milk it untill we descend. The first time we partially descend at the start of measure 3, I throw in a C# instead of a D (fret 14 on the 2nd string instead of 15) for a l...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 88588 Hits · 4.59/5 (117 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/1999
  20. Tasty Bends and Runs in E (#6) - Page 3 by Christopher Sung (9641)
    Here's another classic bend that accentuates the C#. We bend the B at fret 7 up to the C# at fret 9, which is the 6th of the scale and in this case, this implies A major. Often when bending and holding a note, it's nice to ...(more)
    Funk/R&B · Advanced · 88588 Hits · 4.59/5 (117 ratings) · Last modified: 5/14/1999