How To Play Funk Rhythms On Acoustic Guitar

Easy Acoustic Guitar Lesson on Funk Rhythm - Learn to Play Funk Rhythms on Guitar

Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from and I
want to give you a little — another mini lesson on funky strumming.

A lot of the time what works great is to just go back and forth
between two funky chords. I’m not sure if I showed you this one
before, maybe a long time ago, but we’re going to do it again.
It’s basically kind of a jam that I wrote a long time ago. It
goes from C9 to C7. This 9 chord is great not just for funk but
also very nice for blues as well.

What it is, I’ve got my middle finger on the 3rd fret of the A
string and then 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the D string and
then ring finger on the 3rd fret of the G string, pinkie also on
the 3rd fret of the B string. I’m not going to count-out the strum.
You can just feel it out. That’s the basic riff. Here’s a little
embellishment you can do, which is open C and then you can use
your pinkie to get that sound.

When you get bored of playing in the key of C, slide it up to D,
just go up one step. That’s another trick that’s used all the
time in funk. They’ll be vamping forever on one chord and then
all of a sudden you’ll shift to a new chord. You go around the C
a whole bunch of times and then shift it up. Now check this out.
A nice chromatic move back down to the C. If you don’t know this
C7 shaping, it’s basically just a C chord but I’ve got my pinkie
on the 3rd fret G string.

I hope you had fun with that. Try it out and feel free to post a
video response, what kind of funk jams do you like to do. Another
really cool chord is the minor 7 flat 5, or this one. There are all
kinds of great funk chords. Let me know your favorites and post a
comment, post a video response, click the link in the tabs, just do
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thing to do. Thanks for watching. Take care.

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