Watch the Pony Up online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know

Early on, I noticed there's a connection between funk and country. I often find myself using the same techniques to play each style and find a lot of similarities in the grooves. Watching my friend Mark Lettieri do his thing drove that point home big time. Makes sense – he's the funkiest Texan I know! The goal here is to play the single note B major blues lick as well as the chords that follow with extra tightness. Another thing country and some approaches to funk rhythm guitar have in common is the propensity for ultra-tight playing on all fronts. This is not "Greazy". This is to be played with lock tight pocket and right on top of the beat.