Watch the Got Stax Back online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Just like Funkadelic and many other funk bands past and present, you'll be paired up with another guitarist. The funk holds a special place in its heart for such instances, with very hip arrangement ideas such as the one showcased in this next lick. Playing on an idea from Bar Kays guitarists Michael Toles and Jimmy King, this two-part riffing goes back to a tune called "Too Hot To Stop", where you'll check out a great example of interlocking parts. To get this right you and your six-string cohort will need to lay back and really feel the groove in order for the two parts to smoothly lock up. You'll notice there's a first guitar part (seen in the chart as Gtr 1) that throws down for two bars unaccompanied before the second part (seen in the chart as Gtr 2) joins in at bar 3. The idea for the guitarist on deck waiting to jump in (you!) is to relax, ensuring the transition sounds as if they were in the mix the whole time.