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

To close out this collection of funk riffs you must know, I give one of my own from an upcoming record I recently recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, NJ. Believe or not, the riff is for a cover of "How Soon Is Now" from The Smiths. The inspiration, of course, comes from equal parts the original tune and an arrangement from NYC-based alternative rock legends Quicksand. That right, there's another reason why I love funk and funk rock – no limits!

This is a jagged riff in F#m that makes use of ˚∆7 chord as well as phat-sounding maj7's among others; all within syncopated motives that rely on my punch comping and hybrid picking techniques. That particular combo of techniques goes all the way back to my debut TrueFire course, Funk Fission. All in all, this riff rocks and it's funky and that's all that matters.

Inspiration: RedRightReturn | How Soon Is Now (TBA) [2019]

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