Welcome to the percussive, rhythmic, textured, chicka-whacka world of Funk Fission from monster player and top educator Chris Buono. Don't let the title of this study program fool ya -- this is NOT a "funk" course (although funk guitar freaks will indeed flip over this one). Rather, Buono's curriculum of funk guitar lessons is designed for intermediate to advanced players who dig and play any form of "groove-based" music; be it rock, blues, jazz, R&B, and of course funk.
Many of the techniques, rhythmic and percussive concepts that you will learn how to play in Funk Fission are culled from the combined genius of Jimmy Nolen, Catfish Collins, Wayne Krantz, Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Avi Bortnick and Mick Goodrick. Tweaking tonal textures with motion control, sequenced filters and other effects follow in the footsteps of The Edge, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline and Oz Noy. Buono has devoted many years to studying, documenting and assembling this comprehensive one-of-a-kind curriculum.
Today's groove-based musical landscape is generously spiced with a wide variety of new techniques, syncopated rhythms and tonal textures. Funk Fission covers the full palette of techniques, grips, moves, voicings and effects required to color your rock, blues and jazz grooves with that distinctive contemporary funkified flavor.
Chris teaches you how to play great funk guitar by taking you to school on scratches, string percussion, super-staccato hybrid picking, punch comping, single note hybrids, thumb slaps, pops, combination palm punches, percussive snaps, down-stroke picked muted bass notes, chord stabs, fret-hand finger smacks, thumb mutes, single-note chromatic approach tones, pitch modulation, whammy bar expressions, ring modulation, motion controlled effects, frequency sweeping, time-based effects, amplitude modulation, sequenced filters and pitch shifting.
If the preceding list of key learnings reads like a foreign language to you, fear not - Buono, a former top instructor at Berklee College of Music, is extraordinarily gifted at breaking it all down in easy-to-digest bite-size chunks. Chris has organized the course true to TrueFire form where you'll play your way through the material, learning something new and then immediately applying it in a musical context working with the practice rhythm tracks, tab, and notation he has prepared for students.
Whatever your preferred style, Funk Fission will supply all of the individual elements you'll need to bring texture, groove and rhythmic energy to your compositions, performances, and improvisations.