Funk music electrified the airwaves and bandstands in the late 60’s, thanks largely to the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. Funk music from bands like Parliament, Funkadelic, The Meters, Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Kool & the Gang and dozens of others kept the funk fire burning and the dancers on their feet. Contemporary artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color and many others embraced the styler and kept the funk very much alive.
To this day, you’d be hard-pressed to name any genre of music that hasn’t been flavored with a bit of funk — blues, rock, jazz and even country music borrow heavily from funk’s rhythmic vocabulary. Chris Buono’s Focus On: Funk will quickly impart the requisite right and left-hand techniques, harmonic considerations, rhythm and soloing approaches characteristic of Funk guitar.
Chris organized the course into four sections. In the first section, Chris presents a quick summary of the history of Funk and some of the key players that helped define genre. He’ll also runs down some of the most common gear and tone considerations required to get that signature Funk sound.
In the second section, Chris demonstrates essential Funk rhythm techniques including the go-to chordal families, 16th-note concepts, and some of the critical pick-hand and fret-hand techniques you’ll need to develop for the style.
The third section focuses on Funk soloing. Chris demonstrates essential scales and modes, funk-centric picking techniques, and a variety of characteristic ways to beef up your licks with octaves and double stops.
In the fourth and final section, Chris guides you through four performance studies where you’ll apply all of the key rhythmic and soloing concepts from the first three sections:
“We'll start off with a fun jam called Chock Fulla Pocket, which will have you playing through all the chords we first learned in Section 1. We'll play them within those two essential rhythms you learned in Rhythm Concept 5 and run straight through 16 bars of pure groove. Take note: You'll need to really have your muting techniques together as well as your dynamics.”
Chris continues working your newly found and fully funkified rhythm and soling skills in the second Performance Study, “Next up, the Hybrolicious Power jam, once again in the key of Am. Weighing in at 16 bars, you’ll work on a deep I-IV groove intentionally influenced by Chock Fulla Pocket. As a rhythm player you need to listen carefully. Until you develop a keen ear for where soloists go, it's best to lock into a groove and play TIGHT. The entire jam will be better for it and, trust me, your efforts will be most appreciated.”
The third Performance Study is called Modal Mothership. I upped the tempo a little quicker to 79 bpm. In the rhythm part, you’ll start to use extended harmonies including m9 and dom9 chords along with various new takes on 16th note grooves. The main soloing ingredient here is the Dorian and Mixolydian modes that I dropped on you in Solo Concept 3.”
Chris’ final performance study spans 32 bars at a laid-back 84 bpm. “Just like the previous two solos be sure to examine the chord playing going underneath this tour-de-force. There's sliding chords, power wrist riffs, top note movements and more! Soloing-wise the spotlight is now the addition of the ultimate funk soloing element: Gritty, thick-as-a-brick double stops including octaves AND the never-saw-it-coming unison bends!”
Chris demonstrates all of the Performance Studies over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down measure-by-measure, technique-by-technique. All of the key examples and performance studies are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes.
You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, you'll get all of the rhythm tracks arranged, recorded and produced with bassist Steve Jenkins.
Grab your guitar, put your dancing shoes on, and lets get it on!