Watch the Em Esu online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
Rhythm 4 stays within a two-bar feel with "Em Esu" – a tip of the hat to the must-know Bill Withers tune "Use Me" and his raw playing in the intro. Set in Em, this i-7-IV7 progression is played with a straight-as-can-be feel with conviction and precision. Don't be afraid to lay into it a bit. You'll notice in bar 2 you have your first official inclusion of percussive "chicken scratches" or "chanks". Simply rest your fret hand fingers over the strings and have at it with the pick hand. Just like in Rhythm 3, and for almost every funk rhythm you'll ever play, you'll need a 16th ghost motion in play to navigate the groove as well many rhythms to come.