Watch the Prince Octavia online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
There's no getting around the fact the funk is riddled with the Dorian (mode, that is). With it's crusty b3rd to 6th tritone element it seems as it was made for this music. So you have to wonder, "Is there room for other minor scale sounds? Say, aeolian?" Prince thought so as he blazed through the fiery opening lick heard at the top of "When Doves Cry" from the classic Purple Rain album. With Tele in hand and fuzz in toe, the purple one showed us 6th degrees, when flatted, are still downright phunquie!! As you wrap your head around this b6th phenomenon look closely at the last part of the lick starting at the upbeat of 3 in the 1st bar. If you assess the motif from the 12th fret B you'll see a Bmb6 arpeggio comin' at you. Get it? FLAT 6TH!!