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Watch the The Basics online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission

For a controlled glimpse as to what’s to come, this segment combines a few of the aforementioned techniques: A thumb slap (TS), a finger smack (FS), a palm punch (PP), and a pop with the pick hand first finger (P1). If at any time you feel lost or you’re not totally sure as to how to execute one of the components, back up to the corresponding video segment for a review.

It’s crucial for you to firmly establish these techniques when putting them together in sequenced ideas so you can the attain the coordination required to develop a solid flow right from the beginning. To do that, you gotta take it slow—seriously. Don’t be tempted to turn on the afterburners when you think you got it, be patient. What seems like a mastery of technique could just be a chaotic mess that’s masked by the tempo and that will come back to haunt you when we get to the real stuff later in the course.

In Fig. 2 take note how I adjust the placement of my hand when making the palm punches. On beats 1 and 3 I aim my curled-finger pick hand towards the bottom strings, which places my first finger in the position to make the intended P1 pops on the open A and E strings. But, on beat 2 I shift over to the middle four strings to set up the P1 pop on the open D string.