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

Combing an enhanced scratch approach with some clever fingering embellishments on each chord played, this segment will provide you some very cool ideas for one-chord vamp playing as well as fodder for new riffs and maybe even harmonic soloing ideas.

Played over a very cool, scratchy vinyl record induced backing track, I explore the ideas introduced in the previous segment and more. For instance, in addition to the Dm7(4) and Dm7(4/11) chords, you see how the tried-and-true drop 3 Dm7 to Dm9 idea can be made to sound fresh. If that wasn’t enough, the last time around (fifth set of four bars) I introduce ways to utilize a chord’s full potential, in this case the Dm7(4/11), by injecting added notes that create an array of small harmonic chunks that are exploited within this technique of strategically attacking various registers of the six strings.

Keep a close eye on my pick hand and check out how I consistently employ a 16th note up and down motion whether I’m making contact with the strings or not. This approach is vital to establishing and maintaining a solid, deep pocket as well as helping me keep good time. Lastly, watch for the open strings I sneak in occasionally to throw in a timbral curve ball!