Watch the Magic McKay online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Back in "Get Outta Hii" (Lick #5) the Earth, Wind & Fire element was first introduced to our must-know collection of funk excellence. The missing link though, was the fact that the lick was based on a horn line arrangement, leaving resident EWF guitarist Al McKay unsung. That ends here with a shout out to McKay's sneaky comping heard in "Magic Mind", where Al toggles between the top half of a D9 and D6 chord, but without playing the 6-9 slide as heard in "Peacoctave". Instead, the riff ping-pongs between the two chords only change up the order of things in bar 3, just as you're getting used to the syncopation of bars 1 and 2!