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Motown Classic Funk Riff - Soul Guitar - Beginner Lesson

Hey. What’s up? Neal Walter here, back at you on the Guitar Tricks Channel with a new lesson for you. It’s kind of funky, yes.

First off, Tip of the week: how to make your playing better without doing too much new stuff. Keep in mind dynamics. Dynamics are playing hard, soft, in between, changing how hard you hit a note or a chord. And by using dynamics, you can just make yourself a whole much better player. So start thinking about that if you haven’t already. It will really improve your soloing and playing in a way you appear, the way you sound to other people. Dynamics. Tip of the week.

All right, our lesson for this week. I got a cool funky Motown lick for you and it’s great for blues or funky rhythm. If you’re playing by yourself or with a band, I’ll show you a couple of different versions. And it’s probably more for the intermediate style because of the rhythm, rhythm, rhythm because of the rhythm involved brother-- And it goes a little something like this.

I’m going to play through the 12 bar form but first of all, I’ll break it down for you and show you how to get this rhythm going. This is a great exercise and a 16th note feel which is one E and a two E and a E, E and a, which is great for funky stuff.

That kind of vibe.

So, if you’re not used to doing 16th notes, you might want to dampen your strings and the trick is to keep your hand moving, the right hand moving. 1E and a 2E and a -- And the thing that really gets this lick the feel right is accenting the each beat. 1E and a 2E and a 3E and a -- Kind of like a choo-choo train.

So the key is to keep your right hand moving all the time. And another key thing to making this work is kind of where you hit the strings. Before I show you the slow breakdown, just kind of an overall view of this is when I’m doing, the first thing I’m doing is I’m barring at the fifth fret and I’m doing a hammer-on to an A7 chord. Just like that. When I do that, I’m really just hitting the three, four, five and sixth string. When I do, when I hit the higher notes, I’m aiming for the higher strings one, two and three so. That little accent right there, that’s just the first three strings so those strings, high strings, and that’s what really-- that combined with the rhythm really gives it the funky groove.

I’m going to show you an easy version of this which should be which you want to play if you’re jamming with the band and somebody else is soloing. You would just do this for him.

So that’s the easiest part.

I’m going to show you the shortened version of this which you’d want to use to playing with the band and somebody else is soloing.

And a 4E and a one, 2E and a 3E, 4E and a one, and a 2E and a 3E and a 4E and a one, and a 2E and 3E and a 4E and a one, 3E and a 3E and a 4E and a one.

Up to the E. To the D7. I’m just kind of strumming the dampened strings so you can hear the rhythm going but it would sound better if you just didn’t hear that. If somebody else is soloing, it might get too busy. So that’s pretty much the first beat of the rhythm. And the other part.

So what I’m doing is I’m playing with the A major chord shape and also a little double stop from the pentatonic scale. So what I’m doing here is start with the hammer-on and when you hit that little accent on the up stroke right before B2, you want to lift your fingers to just dampen it so it’s a, “Pop.” Okay. Then there will be a down, and an up stroke -- right there.

So that’s how the A chord is played.

When we’re going to do the D chord, we’re going to do the exact same thing. Hammer-on with the D7 chord. You know, that’s the only difference here; instead of going here, I’m going here. Hammering on the B and G strings, on the fifth fret to the seventh fret. And then I do the same pattern. You go back to the A, it’s part of the 12 bar pattern. When you go to the E, do the same pattern as you would with the D.

And then for the turnaround, I like to do this little chromatic thing five times. It’s from the fifth fret to the seventh fret alternate picking and you hit a note each time you pick. Four, five. And then it goes back to the progression again.

So this is really cool, really funky. You can do the whole lick and fill up some of what’s going on with the band or you can just do that first part by itself and lay back if somebody else is soloing or you want to be a little more sparse with the guitar. It’s cool, it’s funky, it’s got a lot of great notes in there so I hope you’re able to use this. I love this myself.

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