Watch the Williams Gene online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
There have been tunes and records as a whole that have benefited highly from the funk element that were so huge it was easy to inadvertently turn your nose to the stink that helped make the recording so great. And, forget the players! No album exemplifies this greater than Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller. Seriously, do you know who David Williams is? Probably not. Drop everything, grab some headphones and your copy of Thriller (you know you own it, so stop frontin') and take a listen to "Billie Jean" from start to finish with your funk radar turned all the way up. It's sick. This next lick focuses on David's unforgettable 3rd string single note moment that will hip you to some MUST know funkified picking and fret hand muting. Can't find the part being referred to? Thinking back to the MTV classic (back when the channel played MUSIC) this is the part where MJ, after twirling a few times, walks up the stairs as they light up. Only in the 80's, folks.