About This Lesson
Welcome to '50 Funk Licks You Must Know' hosted by yours truly, Chris Buono—50 Licks three-peater. Within these 50 licks you're gonna get down with an array of funk fundamentals including the use of the Dorian mode, syncopation by way of offbeat 16ths, 1/4-step bends, root position minor pentatonic licks; as well as a focus on funky friendly intervals such as octaves, fourths and sixths. Unique to' 50 Funk Licks You Must Know' is the "mashup" where, to make room for the truckload of James Brown licks you must know, a pair of J.B. classics were cut up and mashed together into one stinky, funk-tified excursion of cool. If that wasn't enough there's talk of chromaticism, single string comping techniques, unison bends, staccato phrasing and how repetition is the key - oh yeah!
'50 Funk Licks You Must Know' pays deep homage to the players that laid down the foundations of funk such as James Brown alumni Jimmy Nolen/Phelps Collins/Alphonso Kellum, Funkadelic guitarists Michael Hampton/Gary Shider/Eddie Hazel, Freddie Stone (Sly & the Family Stone), Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Sugar Foot Bonner (Ohio Players), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers), Nile Rodgers (Chic); as well as their descendants such as Prince, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers). To take it even further you're going to dig on major must know moments laid down by a collection of players who you may have never thought flew the funk flag such as Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh and Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys)! As an added bonus I went all out to bring you must know licks and riffs from the funk underground via guitarists like Brian Dennis (Dag), Simon Katz and Gavin Dodds (Jamiroquai), Simon Bartholomew (The Brand New Heavies), Adam Rogers (Groove Collective) and David
"Fuze" Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos). These and a whole lot more six-string genius awaits you.
Just like my previous 50 Licks courses, '50 Rock Licks You Must Know'
and 50 Metal Licks You Must Know
, every last note is notated for you in the form of Power Tab charts and PDF files so you can work with the gray matter on your computer or as a print out. What's more, the audio path in '50 Funk Licks You Must Know' was recorded direct with a POD XT Live and the resultant Tone files are included for you to load into your own unit if you're a POD owner (models and compatibility may vary).
*** A big thank you goes to Steve Jenkins
for laying down the stellar bass lines in every last jam track and Chris Masi for letting me raid his to die for CD collection of must know funk. Without these guys this course wouldn't be what it is.
Enough talk let's get down!