Watch the Pow Wow online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
When not holding a mic, the three funkateers known as the Beastie Boys have been known to throw down some brooding funk instrumentals on their albums. Such was the case for their 90's defining release, Check Your Head, where jams like "POW" made an indelible mark on the college kid psyche. It is Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) who wields the six-string in the Beasties, and the one who played the scratch-technique manifesto this A harmonic minor harmonized four bar riff was modeled after. The string skip from the 3rd to 1st string within the first two E7 voicings are what makes that very cool, open sound in the upper structure come to be.