Watch the Funk Style Comping online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Guitar Interactives

PRINCIPLE 32 - FUNK STYLE COMPING

My first guitar part is a slightly overdriven guitar sound playing a dominant 7th #9 chord groove. Note the scratch rhythms, palm & chord muting techniques. I’m also really targeting the low E to give a solid contrast against the upper voicing of the chords too. Adding the low bass note gives the chords extra punch.

The second guitar part is a wah wah textured single note bubble part that outlines the chord tones. Note the right hand palm muting. I’ve outlined the chords with repetitive phrases to create melodic hook and motifs. The unison bend is a typical trait in funk music, so I thought I’d throw one in for good measure. Try using any chord tone found in the B7(#5) chord for this unison bend.