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Watch the Funk Rhythm Guitar Guidebook online guitar lesson by Mark Tuinstra from Funk Rhythm Guidebook

Hi, I'm Mark Tuinstra, and welcome to the Funk Rhythm Guitar Guidebook. I've always been very interested in playing rhythms on different instruments. It's what makes people dance, tap their foot, and have a good time. Rhythm is the engine of the band, and the roll of electric guitar in funk and blues is an essential element of that engine; playing in the pocket and being creative at the same time. My heroes were the players that could pull this off: Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, Jimmy Nolan of the early James Brown Band, John Frusciante of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nile Rodgers of Chic, etc.

Our aim in this course is to lock in tight with the rhythm section, playing funk grooves and licks, and at the same time be original and inventive combining chords, riffs, intervals and different picking techniques. We'll dive into typical funk chords, the go-to chords of a creative player, and you'll learn how to play "lazy" in a forward moving slow funk groove and also get you fired up in an uptempo James Brown groove. We'll create rhythmic tension in a Stevie Ray Vaughan 12/8 groove by subdividing it in 3 instead of 4, and play funky double stops in irregular patterns in a Red Hot Chili Pepper groove. We'll experience the sweet combination of blues and funk that is typical of so many songs by The Meters, and we'll end up playing a groove in 5/4 to give you more rhythmic confidence. With this course, you'll certainly make a major leap in playing rhythm and funk grooves. All these tunes come with backing tracks, tabs, and notation. So, can I count it off? Let's get started!