Watch the Super Duper Cool online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
Circling once more back to James Brown and the funk rhythm playing of Phelps "Catfish" Collins
, Rhythm 11 looks at the 1970 hit "Super Bad" with "Super Duper Cool". This Dm rhythm idea is split into two parts. The first eight bars call for a strict staccato technique on the single note idea played on the D string. To get that tone, notice how I pick as close to the bridge as possible. This is a technique I call "clav picking" because it reminds me of the tone heard from a Hohner Clavinet – at least I'm hoping it does! The second half is four bars long with a piquant-sounding Dm9 voicing that makes use of an open high E string along with a pair of notes (F-A) on the 10th fret of the second and third strings. This is a good representation of the overall harmony played by the guitar and horns and will serve as a fun challenge fingering-wise when you're going from chord to scratches.