The rhythm section is the engine of any funk band. If that engine is humming then feet are tapping and people are dancing. Guitarists play an essential role in the rhythm section; they not only have to lock into the pocket with the bass player and drummer, they also have to spice up the groove with percussive techniques, single-note riffs, and chord punches.
Think of Mark Tuinstra’s Funk Rhythm Guitar Guidebook as your owner’s manual for quickly developing your funk guitar vocabulary. ”I’ll demonstrate how to lock in with the rhythm section, play essential funk grooves and licks, and at the same time be original and inventive. We’ll be combining chords, riffs, intervals and different picking techniques. We'll dive into typical funk chords, we’ll play "lazy" in a slow funk groove, and we’ll get fired up in an uptempo James Brown groove. “
Multi-talented guitarist and recording artist, Mark Tuinstra played and performs in a variety of rhythmic styles from jazz and pop, to free improv, African and Indian music. Mark has toured extensively in Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and Holland playing festivals and numerous jazz venues. We’re thrilled to welcome Mark to the family with his first TrueFire course, the Funk Rhythm Guitar Guidebook!
Mark will also show you how to create rhythmic tension in a Stevie Ray Vaughan 12/8 groove and play funky double stops in irregular patterns in a Red Hot Chili Pepper groove. You’ll explore the sweet combination of blues and funk ala The Meters and wind up the course playing a funky groove in 5/4 to give you more rhythmic confidence.
You’ll play your way through the 9 performance studies, learning all of the essential funk rhythm guitar techniques along the way. For each of the 9 studies, Mark will demonstrate the performance over a backing track and then break it down for you, emphasizing the key funk rhythm guitar concepts and techniques in play.
Pepper Funk - "This is a funk groove in the style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimi Hendrix. It has a repeating line over A7 and a unison riff for bass and guitar in the bridge.”
Slow Funk - "This slow funk performance study has a lazy 70's style P-Funk vibe. It has a repeating riff that goes over the bars.”
Colder Sweat - "This is a blues of sorts that uses 9th and 13th chords. It has Jimmy Nolan's signature sound in an up-tempo James Brown funk groove.”
Decimeters - ”This performance study is a Meters style groove that combines single lines with chords. We're also using a lot of chromatics and shifting of accents, starting on the beat and syncopating it.”
6:9 Exploration - "Here we're exploring typical funk chords in a minor key. By using substitutions on different positions on the fretboard, we'll create that typical Nile Rodgers sound. In the bridge, there's a little riff that's played in unison with the bass.”
The Meter Eater - "This groove, in the style of The Meters, uses a 2 note riff on the G and E strings in the A part and on the D and B strings in the B part. We're muting the string in between.”
Stevie in G - "This is a 12/8 groove that is typically divided into 4 times 3. Here we're inserting a different division of the beat by playing 3 times 4. It also has a minor 6th riff to spice things up.”
Get Shorty - "This is a heavy shuffle in F#m, which is a great key to play in, because of the use of open strings.”
Subatomic 5 - "In this performance study, we're getting a little wilder and we’ll groove in 5/4 instead of 4/4 or 12/8. It starts with the famous Hendrix chord, the E7#9, then a riff, a theme, and another riff in the bridge.”
All of the performance studies are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference, and study purposes. You’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the video lessons so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace. Plus, Mark includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get funky with Mark Tuinstra!