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

Funk is quintessential groove-based music style that most every musician loves to play, especially guitar players. Emanating from New Orleans as early as the late 40’s funk was officially born in the late 60’s with the rise of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, backed by collection of legendary guitarists led by Jimmy Nolan. Following Soul Brother #1 were bands like Parliament & Funkadelic led by George Clinton, The Meters featuring the guitar work of Leo Nocentelli, the mighty Sly and the Family Stone and even more contemporary artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Color and others solidified the groove in this slickly syncopated style. In this course we're going to focus on the key elements and techniques that define this genre so you can get your own groove on.

I've organized this course into four sections. Kicking things off will be the history of funk and its key players. I'll also talk about gear and tone considerations to get that signature funk sound. In the second section we’ll get the guitars out and dig into some essential rhythm techniques. I'll show you the go-to chordal families, concepts behind the ever-important 16th note and some of key pick-hand and fret-hand techniques for the style. The third section is all about soloing. I'll show you essential scales and
modes, funk-centric picking techniques and some characteristic ways to beef up your licks with octaves and double stops. At the close will be four performance studies that use all of the concepts learned in the first three sections.

Within the lessons you’ll find the tab and notation as well as all of the rhythm tracks that include stellar bass playing and drum programming by my longtime partner in all things groove, Steve Jenkins.