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Tricks and Techniques, Funky Rhythms.
This next lesson is about funky rhythms.
I'm going to teach you some useful stuff.
How to use your right hand and
combine it with your chords and
your left hand to create a funky groove.
So let's just start with
the chord shapes for this one.
Let's start.
The first one is F minor.
You can do F minor 7 like this.
[MUSIC]
F, bar chord.
F C.
[MUSIC]
E flat
[MUSIC]
A flat.
[MUSIC]
And C like this
[MUSIC]
Or if you want to do it like this,
do it kind of like an F minor 9,
that is okay too.
Or if you want to do it down here.
F, E flat, A flat, C.
[MUSIC]
And
sometimes you can do, [SOUND] Like this.
[SOUND] A hammer-on.
[SOUND] Open strings,
[SOUND] With the bar chord, like this.
[SOUND] And then.
[MUSIC]
You just add this note on
the second string, 9th position.
[SOUND] And you add this note on
the 10th position on the fifth string.
[SOUND] So it's, be an A flat and a C.
[MUSIC]
Next chord is C minor 7.
Same voicing,
[MUSIC]
If you want to like do like this.
C minor 7.
B flat minor 7.
Or if you wanna use these shapes with or
without the song.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
Or.
[MUSIC]
And back to C minor.
[MUSIC]
D
flat major
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE] 7.
D, A flat, C, F, and A flat.
Or if you want to do it up here.
So either
[MUSIC]
Or here.
[MUSIC]
Then after this chord,
back to C minor.
[MUSIC]
Back to B flat minor.
And then C7 sharp 5.
So if you want to do
it down here it's like
[MUSIC]
But it's, or, [SOUND] You're gonna alter,
you can play a, a,
a sharp 9 too if you like this voicing.
[MUSIC]
I like this one, the sharp 5 up here.
[MUSIC]
It's the same as this one.
But here, you don't have the root and,
and, the low register.
You have the root up here.
[MUSIC]
So it, might,
in this case it might sound
better to do it here.
[MUSIC]
Or if you're down here,
[MUSIC]
Just play a sharp nine.
C E B flat E flat.
Here's C B flat E and A flat.
Or this one if you like this voicing so.
[MUSIC]
To create these rhythms,
you have to combine the chords of
the left hand with some
muting in the left hand.
And muting it means that instead
of pressing down this note,
you might just lift it
a little bit like this.
You get a sound from the strings,
but it's not a note.
It's more like it's a,
a mute, something percussive.
So this hand moves like this
[MUSIC]
One two three four.
This is a groove.
[SOUND] And my right hand moves
in sixteenth notes like this.
[SOUND] One two and
the eighth note would be [SOUND]
this is sixteenth [SOUND] Up and
down and up and down and up and down.
Used to alternating like this.
[NOISE] Playing 16th note
without doing any muting in
the left hand it would sound like,
[MUSIC]
Like this, really boring.
[MUSIC]
[SOUND]
But if you start doing.
[MUSIC]
For instance, like that.
The chord.
[MUSIC]
If we do this one.
[MUSIC]
So,.
[MUSIC]
Pressing it down
[MUSIC]
Just lifting it up a little bit, so
we get that percussive sound.
Doing the same thing in your right hand.
[MUSIC]
Same thing.
[MUSIC]
Much more exciting, right?
And then you can start like.
[MUSIC].
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
You do a slide like.
[MUSIC]
Take it and then you
can start adding rhythms.
[MUSIC]
And do some breaks here and there.
[MUSIC]
So if you just mute,
you can just mute it like this.
Put your strings over there and,
and try it.
[MUSIC]
So from this basic pattern
[MUSIC]
Start doing some rhythms, some ideas.
[MUSIC]
Like,.
[MUSIC]
Down.
[MUSIC]
You put an accent on some downstrokes.
So it's like here.
[MUSIC]
Down, down.
Down, down.
Down.
Down, down, down.
Down, down.
Down, down up down up.
Down, down.
Down, down.
Down, down, down, down, down, down up.
Down up down down.
Down down down.
Down down down.
For instance, in the chords.
[MUSIC]
So
let's try
to play
along with
the backing
track for a,
the funk.
Let's start by just muting the 16th note.
[MUSIC]
Down up.
[MUSIC]
Some accents.
[MUSIC]
Down, down, down, down.
[MUSIC]
Down, down, down, down, down ,down,
down, down up, down up, down, down, down.
[MUSIC]
Add the chorus.
[MUSIC]
Slides.
[MUSIC]
A variation.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
That's a little bit of funk.
[MUSIC]