Let’s Get Funky: Improve Your Rhythm Playing, Become A FunkMeister
Led Zeppelin’s “Bring It On Home”
Not known to be a funk band haha, Led Zeppelin has some really darn funky parts.
A great example showcasing how funky the Zep guys could get, is the 2nd riff in “Bring It On Home” song
Here’s a video where I’m having a ton of fun rocking out on “Bring It On Home”
Here’s the funky riff
Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music”
All played with dominant 9th chords.
The 9th chord is probably one of the most widely used chords in funk music.
You can see how to play that chord in the little hand-drawn chord diagram.
The fingering of the E9 chord, starting from the A string is:
7th fret on the A string
6th fret on the D string
7th fret on the G string
7th fret on the B string
7th fret on the treble E string
This is the whole song:
James Brown’s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”
Legendary bassist Bootsy Collins is the bass player on “Sex Machine”
If you’re interested in some fun piece of music history: the guitarist on this track is Bootsy’s brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins.
Learn how to play the parts here
Playing rhythm guitar along with funk records is a fantastic (and super fun) way, to tighten up your time-feel, consistency, rhythmic placement and so much more.
While just learning the above 3 songs, might not necessarily make you a solid “funkmeister” just yet, I have an enormous collection of super funky rhythm guitar parts in my curriculum, that will get you there in no time.
My students who want to get into funk music, see vast progress in their rhythm guitar playing after only 1 lesson.
If you want to get there too, hit me up anytime for a guitar lesson.
Hit me up anytime at [email protected] if you have any questions, or if you would like to book a lesson.
These free lessons are cool, but you will never experience the progress and results that my students experience in lessons, learning from blogs and videos.
That is why people take lessons: way better results and progress, much more complete information, exposed to way more creative ideas, than you can get from a blog.
There is only so much that self-study can accomplish.
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Have fun! 🙂