Watch the Mel's Funk online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from 50 Soul Jazz Licks You MUST Know
In "Mel's Funk" we have another Melvin Sparks inspired idea. This is played over a funky back beat. It is a relatively simple idea but very definitive in its use of chromatics out of the blues scale. In ending on the third of the chord while bringing a lot of attention to the tonic we are really getting a nice sense of the harmony within the melodic line itself.