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Watch the Lemon online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission

As you watch this segment look carefully at my fret hand in the 2nd bar of the duo-bar riff and check out the chordal 1/4-step pulls. You’ll notice this time around I pull not only the bottom two notes off all the chords, but the top note of the voicing as well. This is common practice for me when playing these 7sus4 grips on this string set because it just falls under my hands so easily and sounds pretty darn good to boot!

The idea of 2/3rds of a stack of fourths—known to many as quartal harmony—comes from listening to all those cool comping riffs fusion keyboardists like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock were dropping on their Fender Rhodes electric pianos back in the day with Miles Davis. I’d often hear the type of ideas in the very same scenario I’m using here: like a descent at the tail end of a bar going into a new section. Lucky for me Miles played with a whole lotta space and let these kinds of gems shine through so I can hear amidst the chaos usually brewing behind those classic Bitches Brew-era ensembles. Imagine how wild those sessions must have been?