Watch the C Funk online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar
All right guys let's break down this funky section we just played. For me, playing funky music allows me to put some humor in my playing. And what I did was cover some country elements in this and allow myself to have lots of fun. The first thing I started out when I did this solo was thinking about starting with the Andy Griffins theme. Sometimes, growing up, or throughout your playing. you'll grab different TV show themes and all kinds of things that make you giggle as a player and you'll want to add those. But I didn't really want to do that, instead I wanted to play around that and make it a little more jazzy. This lick is actually a jazz lick where you're going from the root note to the third, then to fifth which is the flat seven note, and then to the second note, up higher, which will be this demonstrated note. So it's kind of a minor triad, to the fourth note, which you can actually use very comfortably in a chromaticized or jazzed format and that's why I use that. Now, on the F chord is where I brought in some things we learned from section one such as string skipping bend, and then I reached back up to the root note which is now on the B string, 13th fret, and I did more of a chromaticized run back there. Then what I did was play the five section of this jam, where I did more of a simple major scale in G where I played the scale and I used the flat 7, and I'm doing a steel guitar bend here. So what I'm doing is I'm actually grabbing with my third finger on the 10th fret B string, bending that up a whole tone, then grabbing the note directly under it on the E string with my pinky finger. While I'm holding that up, I'm reaching with my first finger and grabbing the 8th fret. So we’re doing this all in the 10th and reaching down with our first finger on the 8th and then releasing the bend and coming back to the five note. And then I went ahead and got back into the C by doing some country bends to get back to the first part of the solo. I went from the five note to the flat seven note and then what I did was grab the note, on the 11th fret B string, and then I grabbed this note which is the fourth note of C, which is obviously an F note and I'm grabbing that with my second finger and bending that up a whole tone, and then releasing it, sliding that down to the 8th fret B string, and the bend will be on the seventh fret G string, and then releasing that and sliding it down. Now I'm doing here again the C 7 position shape with my hand and I'm bending the G string on the 3rd fret down a whole tone. That's how to finish the first section of this. Then I tried to have a lot of fun with the rest of it. This is taken from a bluesy context where I just want to delve in to just have fun. I climb the neck to gravitate toward having some humorous fun. You find something you like, utilize it, by all means, because having fun is the goal. I get all the way through to the F section when I'm doing that l climb. I do all those- I get to the F and what I did instead of playing in F is reach to the G note. I'm playing more out of a blues head and then I reach up to the G to play a different mind frame where it's in a jazzier feel. So, I'm mixing this all up. You can utilize jazz, country, blues- all this in the same realm- and even parts of western swing to where I'm doing this chromatic run. Now when I do this line here, it's simply a C chord but it's kind of a neat cord that I learned off a jazz player one time. It's neat because you get more of the drone of the A string, D string, G string, open but an octave higher on the 12 fret and it's got a C on the bottom, but if you move that down. I'm using the chicken pickin’ on the right hand, where I'm pulling it down with the fingernails, and then I ended out with this. On the track I may play differently, but I just wanted to show you where the higher sections are and give you an understanding where my head is when I play this. Playing funky music for me is just an opportunity to give you to have to fun because it's a bouncy groove. It's fun and you can add more humor to it and that's what I love to do. You can get your band mates to giggle when you pull out some fun show tunes pieces and stuff like that. In all essence, we are trying to capture fun, in no matter what we play. So we're allowed to step out on a limb and have a little too much fun. Funky music is a great way to incorporate elements of blues, jazz, chicken pickin’, all in one style. Have a lot of fun- this is what this is all about.