Watch the Sly online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
In the pursuit of combining chords and single note riff ideas together in rhythms, the order has been chord to riff for the most part. Here in Rhythm 21, we see a complete reversal with "Sly" – a rhythm that tips the hat to the beloved jam "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". Here we have a raunchy Em pentatonic riff with some tasteful ¼ step inflections lead it off only to funnel the funk into some 1st inversion E9 stabs that have some ½ step from below movements to spice things up. Take note of the absence of scratches or palm punches or any percussive elements in the riff. Play it clean and play it with conviction!