Upbeat Funk Guitar Riff with Muting Technique in A Minor – Funk Rhythm Guitar Lesson

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Upbeat Funk Guitar Riff with Muting Technique in A Minor - Funk Rhythm Guitar Lesson


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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 really, really cool lick and it’s fairly
challenging because it is expanded all over the strings
set. It’s really important that you have nailed your
muting technique before tackling things like that. Really,
a simple way to go about it is to start by picking a scale
and try playing this scale accenting every note by doing
quite wide motions and making sure you’re not hearing any
other noise but the one out of the scale. Because what you
have to think about, funk music is very expressive and i
t’s all about the groove. So you cannot be too careful.
You want to be able to play freely without having any
noise in between notes. So let me explain the riff.

We’re going to start on A on the 5th fret of the low E
string. I’ll start it with a downstroke. Then what I’m
doing is I’m playing G on the 8th fret of the B string.
As you can see it’s quite a big leap, with an upstroke.

Then heading over to the D on the G string; and C on the
G string; and A on the B string; then G on the D string.
Then A on the D string; back to C on the G string. So
we’ve got that little melody going on.

This is the first part. The second part starts on A again.
We head to G on the B string; then D on the G string; then
C on the G string; and A on the D string; then G on the D
string; and then we do a really cool slide.

So what we’re going to do is we’re going to start on D
on the G string, slide to E on the G string, so D is heard
very, very briefly. It’s got to be quite a rapid slide.
Then end on C on the G string.

Now, I’ve seen quite a lot of people play funk music
and a lot of the times you can see people performing
and trying to be a bit too careful. I mean, funk music
is all about fun and dancing, so I quite like sometimes
when it’s not actually 100% clean, when you can get a
bit of the noise and a bit of the grittiness, but it’s
all about attitude. So when you practice that kind of
music you’ve got to really mean it because the way
you’re going to practice it is going to reflect the
way you’re going to perform it at a gig or even with
your friends or whatever.

I hope you enjoyed that. See you soon.