Watch the Popcorn online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 50 Eclectic Blues Licks You MUST Know
Popcorn playing refers to single note staccato playing that is so common in funk guitar. I cannot recommend James Brown: 20 All Time Greatest Hits enough. Ths is must-have schooling in all things funky. One key element to any funk playing is repetition of your part, going off just isn't funky! This is a major lesson I learned from James Brown, listen to the CD and notice how Jimmy Nolen repeats the same simple riff the whole tune.
Now that's funky.