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Watch the No Messy Chords online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Rock Guitar 7: Style Variations

No Messy Chords - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Oz Noy and is sourced from Essentials: Funk Rhythm Guitar.


This is a groove based on a James Brown song using the G7/9 chord. The main thing to grasp from this performance is to use small chords to make it sound crisp, using small intervals that keep the rhythm part sounding clean. For the right hand, remember to keep going up and down in the pocket, only playing within the melody and muting the rest of the time. For the second guitar part, I'm playing a single note part that is muted over a wah-wah effect, bouncing around the neck using the Gm pentatonic scale.