Watch the Faux Disco A Go Go online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission

After the opening hammer from Bb to C in Faux Disco … your fret hand fourth finger has to perform a somewhat Olympic roll to play the bottom portion of the Fsus4 chord that’s rolled in a 16th note triplet feel. While that will take some patience and practice the underlying concept is the fact I used that rhythmic motif three times in three different riffs, and most importantly in three different ways. As I hinted many times throughout this course: make sure you delve into writing your riffs with these techniques. That’s where they will shine and benefit you most. When doing that, do not feel as if you need to come up a new technique or riff component at every turn; use what I’ve given in these six riffs. Recycle my ideas, turn them upside down, play them backwards, utilize motives, try alternate tunings while playing the same exact riff previously played in standard—the sky is the limit so shoot for it!

In this breakdown I bring to light the power of another two note interval: the 7th. Whether it is major or minor, this note combination has a mysterious quality to it much like 2nds, which should come as no surprise since they are inversions of one another. The mystery lies within the non-indication towards major or minor tonalities like 3rds possess or the instability heard when the interval is played harmonically as compared to the more powerful and staunch sounding perfect 4ths and 5ths. Melodically I try to use the 7th as well hidden inside of linear ideas as well. At one point, I was shedding scales all over the neck that were intervallic-ly diced up in 7ths in every possible manner so I get a iron clad grip on playing them in my improvisations.