Watch the E9 F#7#9 B7#5 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Sweet Notes
So far we've focused our sights on becoming more familiar with the minor pentatonic scale and how it relates to the chord tones over our chord progressions and we have also learned some new arpeggio shapes for each of those chords. In Lesson 11 we are going to learn a funk based chord progression including a couple of altered dominant chords. We are also going to utilize our arpeggio shapes to create single-note funk riffs and some lead guitar licks. Let's get started by showing you the chord progression. This is a 4 bar progression consisting of 2 bars of E9, 1 bar of F#7#9 and 1 bar of B7#5. You may not be overly familiar with these shapes but hang in there, they are well worth learning as they can be used in all genres of music.
Let's begin by learning the E9 arpeggio shape at the 7th fret. This shape is the C7 shape we learned in R&B lesson 9 but with the 9th added. Play the chord and name the notes E - G# - D - F# - B. Now let's learn the arpeggio shape and name the notes in order E - F# - G# - B - D. Practice this shape slowly with a click track or metronome and name the notes until you are familiar with them.
Let's learn a couple of single note funk lines as an overdub part to our chord progression. You will want to palm mute the strings slightly with your right hand to shorten the sustain of the single notes. This is done by lightly resting the side of your right hand on the strings close to the bridge of your guitar.
Funk Riff 1 This riff utilizes all the notes of an E7 chord. Bar 2 is identical to bar 1 except we leave out the final E and resolve to D instead. Try looping this riff to our backing track.
Funk Riff 2 A simple muted idea based around the 3rd and 4th strings using E - D - B. When you have nailed the feel of this lick, move on to the 3rd and 2nd strings. You will still be playing within the E9 arpeggio, only this time using G# - F# - E to create the riff.
Before we move on to the other chords in the progression and while the E9 arpeggio is still freshly under your fingers let's learns some licks.
Lick 1 This lick starts with a ma6th double-stop (B and G#) and ends with a nice 16th note chromatic phrase from the B to the G# on the 4th string. You will notice I have indicated the resolutions we hit on the notation of this lick. Lick 2 A simple lick resolving to the 9th of the E9 chord. Lick 3 The first three notes step up through an E triad and then I string skip across from the 4th string to the 2nd string to hit the F# (9th). I then slide up to the G# before resolving to the b7 (D). This resolution really defines the sound of a dominant 7 chord as it is the b7th of the dominant chord that gives the chord it's character.