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  1. [Guitar funk music]
  2. Hi, how you doing? Justin here!
  3. This is now part four of my little series
  4. on funk guitar and today we are going to be
  5. looking at some more funk chords
  6. Some new voicings for dominant 7th chord
  7. that you might want to try using
  8. in your funk play.
  9. Hopefully you've been through the other
  10. lessons already, cause these new chords are
  11. a little bit harder to use. Well actually they're
  12. not that much harder to use, but you'd be
  13. better off getting the basic chords down first.
  14. Go and check that out if you haven't already
  15. So, basically we're looking now at more
  16. E-dominant chords. So in the
  17. E-dominant chord family we have
  18. E7, E9, E11, E13, and E7 sus 4.
  19. So what I'm going to do is show you some more
  20. cool funky little chord rifts that you might
  21. want to try out , so lets get to a closeup and
  22. I'll show you some of these cool new chords.
  23. K, the first chord that we're using here
  24. This is a little E7 cord. [strums guitar]
  25. and we're starting here with the first finger
  26. on the root note, which is the note E,
  27. second fret on the 4th string.
  28. We're going 2nd fret, 4th fret, 3rd fret, 4th fret.
  29. [strums guitar]
  30. Very funky cool little chord this one.
  31. Now another good chord within this sort of shape
  32. is moving this little finger forward one fret
  33. and you get an E7 sas 4
  34. [plays guitar]
  35. Very very cool little
  36. [plays guitar]
  37. nice little grip those 2 little E7 sus 4 and regular E7.
  38. and regular E7
  39. Now, we've already looked at E9
  40. a couple different variations of that
  41. E13, up here. So we've kind of
  42. got a few in this rough area.
  43. There's one that I really like [strums guitar]
  44. This is an E13 chord. It's got a D in the base
  45. It's got the flat 7 in the base there
  46. So it's going 5, 6, 6, 5
  47. You have to be a bit careful with this because
  48. the lowest note, the base note is an E
  49. It can sound a bit weird so it's quite common
  50. to jump and go [strums guitar]
  51. E9 is the main chord and just jumpin off
  52. into this E13 chord. It does sound...
  53. It's a lovely sounding chord. Remember because
  54. we're in E, we can hit that low bass note there
  55. as well if we want. Very groovy little chord.
  56. [strums guitar] We've got those E9,
  57. E13 that we looked at before.
  58. The next one that I'm going to show you
  59. This is a very cool little chord [strums guitar]
  60. It's kind of a bluesy 7th chord
  61. The root note is here on the 3rd string
  62. And we just go this is our study on
  63. the 4th string we've got 9, 9, 9, 10
  64. [plays guitar]
  65. Which of course works really well with
  66. we've got our E9 down here
  67. you can have like [plays guitar]
  68. Lots of nice little ways of incorporating this
  69. little 7th chord in
  70. Now of course we've got these
  71. other 2 little chord voicings up here
  72. These are a little bit awkward for some
  73. people to get to but they're not that hard
  74. Just takes a little bit of getting your fingers
  75. used to playing them
  76. What we've got here is standing on the
  77. 4th string here with the 3rd finger
  78. we've got 12th fret, 11th fret, 9th fret, 12th fret
  79. [strums guitar]
  80. Very very nice little grip this one
  81. and that's a 9th chord that's an E9
  82. Now you can also move the first
  83. finger forward and you've kind of got
  84. E9 sus or E11
  85. [strums guitar]
  86. So E9, E11
  87. and again just to tie into the other ones
  88. If you down here
  89. [plays guitar]
  90. Lots of different ways that you can start to
  91. muck around with using this
  92. E11, E9, E7, E13
  93. Now actually I'll explain this one seperately
  94. So in the last lesson we looked at E9
  95. as being played like this or like this
  96. Now another really common way of playing
  97. it is just like this without the base notes
  98. So the root note is here
  99. just as we normally play it like that
  100. But you can leave that out as well
  101. and that can be quite funky
  102. and also sometimes use your second finger
  103. instead of your third finger
  104. Which makes it easier to get that little
  105. 13th hold that way you can hit the low
  106. E base not in the key of E but you
  107. couldn't in other keys
  108. You can now use this to get chord scales
  109. For example, playing we're going up the
  110. mixalidian mode on the thinner string
  111. going [plays chord]
  112. Which would be E7, E11, E9, E13, E7, E9*
  113. and using that you can create little melodies
  114. [plays guitar]
  115. Like I just showed you at the end there
  116. There are infinite number of ways of
  117. putting these chords together
  118. It's just something that's improvised
  119. and you can learn set patterns and in
  120. fact in the next lesson I'm gonna show you
  121. a few more set grooves that i think kind of
  122. work well. But a really big part of playing
  123. in this style is you experimenting with how
  124. you put those chords together
  125. Experimenting with the rhythms we've
  126. covered already and then just mucking
  127. around with changing between the different
  128. chords and seeing what ways you can try
  129. and put them together
  130. It's lost of fun and it means as well as a
  131. lot of fun tunes, not just 1 chord for ages
  132. If you got a lot of the James Brown songs
  133. 1 chord like E9 safe for the whole song
  134. So if you've got a whole bunch of
  135. different chords that you can use
  136. It really opens up what you can play
  137. Now in the little kind of demo I did
  138. a minute ago or whatever, I was using
  139. loads and loads of different chords
  140. And you probably wouldn't want to do that
  141. Because it just sounds a bit silly
  142. It's too much, you don't need to use
  143. so many colors all at the same time
  144. It ends up just sounding messy
  145. You're better off picking just a few
  146. different chords and putting them together
  147. in a group. Not tryna show off how
  148. many chords you know
  149. I was just tryna give you a bit of a look
  150. into see some of the different ways
  151. that you could use those chords
  152. Check out those chords, get them
  153. under your fingers and then when
  154. you feel up for it join me
  155. for the next part where we'll
  156. look at some more proper funk grooves
  157. See ya soon, take care, bye bye