Cool Funk Guitar Riff in the Style of Stevie Wonder – Rhythm Guitar Lesson on Funk Riff

Hey, everybody this is George Meyers on behalf of Guitar Control. I do hope that you enjoy this lick and you will find the transcription on the link
under the video. Let’s check it out.


This is a cool sort of Hendrix-y, Stevie Wonder type riff. It’s in the key of E. So we’re going to start with E7 sharp 9 chord, the so-called Hendrix chord.

To play this chord, you have the root, which is E on the 7th fret of the A- string. You’ve got the major 3rd, G sharp, on the 6th fret of the D-string. Flat 7 on the 7th fret of D on the G-string and the sharp 9, which is G, which is found on the 8th fret of the B-string.

As soon as we kick-off the lick we’ll play the chord and then we head over to D on the 5th fret of the A-string; then head over to E. Then we’re going to play G on the 5th fret of the B-string. Then we go back to E on the 7th fret of the A-string and then we’re going to play the following line. So we’re going
to play D on the 5th fret and back to the root, E, on the 7th fret of the A string.

Now I’m going over to the second part. Let’s refresh it, which is a really cool, bluesy kind of line. Once again, we’re going to start off with an E7 sharp 9 chord and we’re going to go back to D, then E. Then we’re going to slide from A on the 7th fret of the D-string to B on the 9th fret. It’s quite a rapid slide. You don’t get a chance to listen to A all that much. Then straight ahead you’re going to play the D on the 7th fret of the G-string. Then
we’re going to slide back from B to A on the B-string, then pull-off to G and then go back to E. Then back to the riff.

Those little licks are really cool because it teach you to fit in between sort of playing chords and especially if you’re playing in a trio setting and you get a lot of space. You can do a lot of that. So let’s play the lick one more time.

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