Watch the SECTION 1: Background online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Focus On: Funk Guitar

In getting to know any new style of music it's imperative you do your listening research and soak in the sounds. Speaking of sounds, it's never a bad idea to try and cop the sounds you're hearing on all these great recordings by hunting and gathering some funk-approved gear. So, before we dive into the playing let me take a minute and hip you to some funk guitar history as well as some players to seek out and some gear to consider.