Watch the Peacoctave online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know

By no means are you obligated to exclusively play one type of diadic instance within a lick. Not only is it cool to mix intervals (look back at the previous lick where octaves and 4ths were utilized), it's a MUST. Taking it a step further, it's even more effective when a funk lick idea has three-note components, too. To bring this notion to life, we take our first look into perhaps the greatest funk record in recent past: Blood Sugar Sex Magik from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It is here John Frusciante laid down the new black in regards to modern funk guitar with his delicious Strat-into-Marshall combination. Doused with glorious vintage Boss CE-1 smoothness, dig the top-string 6-9 slide, the clever syncopation and, most notably, notice the near absence of scratches. About that 6-9 slide: be sure to watch the fret hand's 1st and 2nd fingers toggle slide duties. And, don't worry, there's more Frusciante comin' up.