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Watch the Frankenstein online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know

Rhythm 12 is called "Frankenstein" because it officially makes an effort to combine single note and chordal ideas into one glorious funk rhythm. There's a specific discipline in technique that comes with going from one approach to the next, and it's something we'll continue to work on for the remainder of the course.

Set in a C# Mixolydian vibe, this two-bar rhythm bounces from a C#7 idea to a descending C# minor blues lick that pops an open high E string at the end. The second bar throws a raunchy C#7#9 – a chord we've seen in Rhythms 3 & 7. While the 7#9 is tempting to throw down at every turn when playing funk rhythms, learn to practice some restraint. Doing so will protect its potency and make those moments that much more awesome when you do play it!