Watch the Tight online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
The gloves come off in Rhythm 10, "Tight", where I throw down three of my personal go-to funk rhythm techniques: punch comping, sus chords, and line cliché. Punch comping is my way of injecting percussive elements into my rhythms without the pick through scratching/chanking. This allows me to play more intricate rhythms that are propelled by hybrid picking while at the same time creating a variety of percussive sounds. It's something I stumbled upon when I was studying with Wayne Krantz
in the early 90's in NYC and it's served me well ever since.
Sus chords – sus2 and sus4 – are something I've been enamored with since my early days learning Rush and Chic tunes. They contain perfect fourth dyads (seen here already, and something we'll see much more of) as well as clustery major seconds. In the spirit of the tight harmonies heard within sus chords, I take things a step further with even tighter grips called "clusters." Clusters are chords that primarily contain seconds – major and/or minor.
A line cliché is simply a chromatic element traveling up or down within a chord progression. The line cliché here in "Tight" is heard in the ascending middle voice of each chord dropped on beat 4 of each bar. Keep an ear out for more line cliché action as the course moves forward.
For more on punch comping and sus chords, check out my debut TrueFire course, Funk Fission