Watch the Smithville, Pt. 1 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rhythms You MUST Know
Funk approaches coupled with some angular harmonies can be an effective pairing when you're trying to breathe new life into a tune or just wanting to make an otherwise un-funky tune funkier than ever. This is exactly what I did here in Rhythm 25 with The Smiths'
classic "How Soon Is Now". What's more, I also took arrangement ideas from another band that covered the song – NY's own Quicksand
. The result is a unique take on a time-honored radio staple that's fresh and completely fun to play.
Sitting in the key F#m, which allows for a guttural lo-E to serve as a b7 for the growling F# on the 2nd fret, "Smithville, Pt. 1" uses percussive mutes on the open D string along with punch comping to get the riff going. Be sure to approach the fingering of the chords the way you see me do it in the video. Trust me, it's the best way, as I tried everything! You'll find my fingerings the most valuable in Bar 4 with quick changes that follow a funky hemiola vibe before settling on the F#7sus4 chords.