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

When it comes to funk rhythm guitar harmony a great place to start is m7 and m9 chords - they're easy to grab and they sound great! In this first Rhythm Concept lesson we'll explore m7 and m9 chords in the key of Am. We'll check them out from the two most common approaches - root position chords built from sixth string and fifth string roots. In Am those chord roots will be on the 5th and 12th frets respectively.

I'll start with basic drop 3 m7 voicings and then systematically show you the real deal chords that will get you the sounds you're looking for. Following the m7 chords I'll show how they can become slick sounding m9 chords! I'll break down the chords into mid-range and high-range voicings, which we'll explore in various grooves in Section 4.