Watch the Cherry Kool-Aid online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
So far, you've played fragments of the go-to dom9 chord, mostly on the higher strings. While this is good practice, there are plenty of times where the entire five string chord is called upon. Such is the case with Rhythm 5 – a 14 bar jam that shines a light on the 1976 classic "Play That Funky Music" from one-hit wonder Wild Cherry.
The first eight bars put aside any instances of chanking, only to be followed by another four bars of full dom9 chords as well as a m7b5 chord acting as a dom9 in bar 12 with space-filling chanks throughout. Focus on coordinating when you press the chord down and when you don't so you can get from chord to chank, chord to chank, etc.