Watch the Slippers online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission
Like a cushy pair of slippers, this riff just feels warm and inviting with its overall relaxed mood. Superimpositions abound, Slippers is a deceptively simple riff comprised of a collection of chords working undercover that will be explained in the breakdown segments.
All of the riffs in Funk fission were used in one form or another in my years at Berklee College of Music where I taught a popular class called Funk Guitar Styles Skills Lab. Out of the compilation of finger-twisting challenges I threw at my students, this riff always posed the most problems even for my top guys. One reason could be the atypical stretches required to nail the faux clusters I also talk about in the breakdown segments or it could be I had them play it considerably faster that what is seen here!
When looking at the chart you’ll notice the palm punches are consistently hit in three strings as opposed to the four string combinations you saw when this technique was first presented. While this varies from riff to riff based on what is played after the punch, don’t allow yourself to get caught up in that at first. Just concentrate on nailing each move in the riffs and making them sound cohesive. Later, when you’re as comfortable as a nice pair of slippers makes you feel, then you can zero in on the acute differences a detail like that possesses.