Watch the Sugar Coo online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
This first outing from Ohio Players axeman, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, will introduce you to essential funk lick components like 1/4-step bends, tritones, and the proliferation of offbeat 16th note phrasing. Taking a nod from a tune called "Who'd She Coo?", "Sugar Coo" exposes an element inside the funk that may not be known to most--the blues, baby! The infiltration of the blues in this instance is heard in the stretching of the b3rd by way of the aforementioned 1/4-step bends, adding some very welcome grease to this must know lick. In regards to tritones, it's the space between the G and C# that is the interval diabole in this jam, and it is that instance that screams Dorian. This epic journey from the b3rd to the 6th here in "Sugar Coo" and in the many licks to come add an undeniable grainy bite that only Dorian can deliver. Take note: the tritone in this fashion, as well as a mixolydian setting, will come into play many more times throughout the funk to come. As for the offbeat 16ths - the 2nd and 4th subdivision - get ready, there's a lot more where that came from!