No style lives in a vacuum by itself. A funky feel can exist
in rock, country, jazz, blues etc. So even though this lesson
is called Funk 101, these ideas can be applied to a lot of different
The rhythmic basis for funk is the 16th note. It
takes four 16th notes to equal one beat in 4/4 time.
The first thing that you want to be able to do is
to play a straight 16th note rhythm keeping a steady beat. At
first don't even worry about playing a chord, just mute the strings
with you left hand and just get a clicking sound. In fact, a funk
guitar part could consist of only this clicking sound, making
the guitar more of a percussion instrument. This is often used
in combination with the wah wah pedal. Be sure that you tap your
foot on the 1st of every group of four 16th notes, this is the
beat. It will be extremely helpful to practice along with a metronome
or a drum beat.
Funk is all about rhythm. There are usually not a lot of chord
changes, so the interest in a funk tune is the rhythmic groove.
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