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Watch the DOOD online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 30 Funk Rock Riffs You MUST Know

In my book, the 90's was the peak of funk rock. In the 80's, bands such as Living Colour and Red Hot Chili Peppers had taken what Sly and George Clinton had created in the 70's based on what James Brown had done in the first place. The 90's catapulted off the platform built by these pioneers and went in all sorts of completely fun directions. The remainder of the course will focus on some of my favorite riffs starting with this break from Scatterbrain's "Don't Call Me Dude".

I've always said country and funk walk the line together and this is a prime example. Set in open position E minor blues, Riff 13 is a funk rock honky tonk bonanza. You may want to employ some hybrid picking to make it work. That and a precise, light touch navigating the plethora of legato. One thing I do here that's much different than my normal approach is not roll those adjacent string, same fret movements. Try both and see what works for you.

Inspiration: Scatterbrain | Don't Call Me Dude (Here Comes Trouble) [1990]

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