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

In this first series of lessons dubbed "The Basics" the goal is to get you off on the good foot. Starting things off is an in-depth probe into an often overlooked rhythm technique I call “scratches” where your fret hand lightly rests on top of the strings, thus dampening them, while your pick hand rifles through a 16th note alternating up and down motion. You know, that chicka-whacka thang! But, hold on, there’s more to it than you think. From closely examining the angle in which the pick hand makes contact with the strings to learning about “chord stabs” within consecutive 16th note forays, we go deep while preparing for the jam track in the following segment.

After defining the art of the scratch and exploring it’s finer details, I will turn you on to two of my favorite alternative voicings for stock min7 chords—the min7(4) and the min7(4/11). These combinations of stacked 4ths and 5ths will be utilized throughout this course so be sure to get them under your fingers.