Funk technique/voicings

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by CrazyChester216, May 29, 2019.

  1. CrazyChester216

    CrazyChester216 Member

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    Anyone have recommendations on good resources to brush up on good funk guitar chord voicing and techniques? My band is working on a few funky tunes and I could use some work.

    Thanks.
     
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    dewey decibel Supporting Member

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    Keep the picking hand moving and loose, small chord shapes in the fretting hand with lots of muting, sometimes a thumb over the neck for a bass note. Sometimes you might want to play just one note instead of a chord. Think of yourself as more of a percussionist than a guitarist.
     
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  3. Stox

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    Check out anything Mark Lettieri has put out.

    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/24913-five-funk-rock-grooves-for-the-ages

    https://www.premierguitar.com/artic...ble--and-triple-stops-to-enhance-your-grooves

    https://www.soundslice.com/store/gruvskool/

    He does give lessons when he's not on the road, or used to.


    Shane Theriot's stuff is good, too.

    https://truefire.com/techniques-guitar-lessons/rhythm-mojo/c193


    If you are looking for inspiration, check out Cory Wong. And listen to lots of James Brown.
     
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    I agree about Lettieri and Wong. Check out Tomo Fujita's stuff on youtube and instagram.

    Lotsa good stuff on TrueFire if you want to dig a little deeper.
     
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    Some good suggestions, but I would highly recommend to pick up Tomo Fujita's lessons. Accelerate Your Guitar Playing 1 & 2. Then check out his youtube/instagram for additional supplement.
     
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    Some decent stuff in here.




     
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    James Brown invented it so you may as well woodshed on the real thing. If you need help picking out the parts this might be of assistance:

    Don't forget that the axis of funk is Dayton, OH and Cincinnati, OH...JB knew this.
     
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  8. CrazyChester216

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    Thanks everyone! some great resources here
     
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    Buzz Feiten - Funky Rhythm Guitar

    hard to find clips of it...this is part of the outtakes:
     
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    There's no better than mighty Rodney Jones. Check out his funk Facebook lessons.
     
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    There are some great truefire courses.
    https://truefire.com/focus-on-guitar-lessons/funk/c766
    https://truefire.com/funk-guitar-lessons/funk-survival-guide/c854

    Also check out the Tasty guitar channel on YT. Its all about R&B and funk.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbisYAblLrYUl53EMp073wQ
     
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    Check out Nile Rodgers.

    Play partial chords. Most funk is in context of multiple players filling a spot. Dont over play.
     
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    I've been covering chili peppers song, which is also introducing me to a lot more funk style than I had been doing in past. I feel like I'm nailing a lot of the funky stuff (hump de bump, mellowship slinky etc.)..but 2 songs I feel I have trouble w/ the funk rhythms are "If you have to ask" and "I like dirt" ...when I've tried learning/playing these it doesn't feel right, I'm not sure if I've even got the notes right, if I'm doing rhythms right or its an issue of tone. It could be just be a matter that those songs are the most intense ones for the funk rhythem stuff and I need to practice that stuff a lot more before I'm comfortable w/ it.

    Advice on those and other songs I'd appreciate. I started checking out vid above. But then saw it was hr long, so I thought I'd make a post now to show my interesting in bumping thread and keeping convo going.
     
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    ! Thank you!

    The left hand muting technique is I think what I was having trouble w/ / need practice on.



    I think that's exactly what's going on in this song, which I also found this cover video for where I can also see the guys left hand

     
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