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Showing Revision 45 created 01/21/2020 by Sara Meyers.

  1. (Justin) Hi, how're you doing?
  2. Justin here, again
  3. for part three of our funk guitar series.
  4. What I'm going to do
    in this lesson
  5. is take you through some of the ways that
  6. you might use the chords and the rhythms
  7. that we've already looked at
  8. and how you might put them together
  9. to make up some little grooves.
  10. There's a few problems
  11. that you're going to encounter
  12. so I would like to
    kind of help you out
  13. and show you how you are going
    to get through
  14. those little hassles
    as you come to them.
  15. I figured that learning some grooves
  16. might be a good way to do that.
  17. So the first pattern
    we are going to look at,
  18. is kind of
    a James Brown-y style one.
  19. We're going to be using the 9th chord
  20. that we were using for the rhythm guitar
  21. to start off with.
  22. What we are going to be doing
  23. is we are going to be using
    the 2nd funk pattern
  24. that we looked at
    for the first two beats.
  25. And then, the 3rd rhythm pattern
  26. for the 3rd beat.
  27. Let me play it for you a couple of times
    really slow, so it's going to have
  28. [guitar strumming]
  29. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
  30. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
  31. Down, down, down
  32. Up.
  33. Down, down, down
  34. Up.
  35. Down, down, down
  36. Up.
  37. [guitar strumming faster]
  38. Ok now, that's the first pattern.
  39. So practice that through
    really really slowly.
  40. Get used to the idea of adding that little
    finger on there for the 13th chord.
  41. Pretty straight forward.
  42. Now, just at the end of that
  43. I started to do something else
    which is going to be pattern 2
  44. that I am going to show you now
  45. or Groove 2 let's call it.
  46. And what we're after now
  47. is being able to hold that 13th chord
  48. for the three 16th notes rather than
    actually hitting it every time.
  49. So the important thing to get used to here
  50. is the fact that your right hand
  51. is still not going to stop moving.
  52. That's really really really important.
  53. The right hand, or strumming hand,
  54. is going to be moving even though
  55. you're not touching the strings
  56. just like you might have done with ties
  57. in your regular kind of chord strumming.
  58. In this one, we are going to be doing
  59. with the clicks on everything except
  60. in beat 3 where we hold the 13th chord.
  61. We go down,
    then we're going to lift the hand up.
  62. It's going to go back down
  63. and then the up will go back to the 9th.
  64. So it will be down, up
  65. [guitar strumming]
  66. Down, up, down, up
  67. That's just beat 3.
  68. So just listen to it now,
    I'll do it really slowly.
  69. [guitar strumming]
  70. 1, 2 ,3 and 4
  71. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 , 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
  72. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
  73. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 , 1 2 3 4
  74. Down, Down, Down, Up
  75. Down, Down, Down, Up
  76. [guitar strumming faster]
  77. That kind of groove.
  78. Again make sure you practice
    these things really slowly.
  79. Don't try to rush up and
    do it really fast because
  80. you'll probably make
    a whole heap of mistakes.
  81. Occasionally you might get a little bit
    of an extra chord on one of the strums
  82. you didn't want, or the chord will
    hang around for a bit longer
  83. than you meant to press the
    chord down for. But that's ok!
  84. As long as it sounds good.
  85. So, the trick on that one is
    keeping that right hand moving.
  86. [guitar strumming]
  87. Down, Down, Down, Up
  88. Hopefully you can see that hand
    still keeps moving
  89. even though I'm not
    playing anything.
  90. Down. Sorry, let me start that again.
  91. [guitar strumming]
  92. Down, Down, Down, Up
  93. Down, Down, Down, Up
  94. [guitar strumming]
  95. It's a really really important trick
    to get used to the idea
  96. that the hand, even though
    I'm teaching at the moment,
  97. is solid 16th notes strumming, like,
    chiky chiky chiky chiky
  98. all the time.
  99. You don't actually have to hit the strings
    every time if you don't want.
  100. Sometimes it sounds a lot better not to.
  101. You might just have...
  102. [guitar strumming]
  103. That was the same pattern
    without any clicks at all.
  104. [guitar strumming]
  105. The hand still keeps moving though
    if you just go...
  106. [guitar strumming]
  107. Then, you will never have
    the proper groove.
  108. You've got to get the hand going
    and stay going, yeah?
  109. For this groove number 3
  110. we are going to be using rhythm pattern 2
  111. which was the one with just the
    chord played on the beat
  112. and the rest of the notes muted.
    This one.
  113. [guitar strumming]
  114. But now what we are going to do
  115. is suss out this how to move the chords
  116. while you're still doing the muted
    strumming
  117. because what you're going to find,
    most of you
  118. when you change chords
    you lift all your fingers off the strings.
  119. But if you are trying to strum continuously
  120. especially if it's fast, if you lift
  121. your string fingers off the strings
  122. you get all the open strings ringing out
    which sounds really horrible.
  123. So what you have to learn to do
  124. is to be able to move from
    one chord to another
  125. while leaving your fingers
    touching the strings all the time,
  126. so, they never leave.
  127. Kind of sounds easy,
    but once you start doing it
  128. you'll find that your fingers can quite
    easily get tied into knots.
  129. It's not that difficult
    if you do it slowly
  130. and work on trying to make sure
  131. that the muted click noises are
    always there
  132. and that you don't let any of those
    open strings get out.
  133. So, what we're going to be doing
    for this one is
  134. doing the first 9th chord
    that I showed you
  135. which was the one with the two
    outside E strings muted
  136. and going to the 7th chord
    which is part of the C shape.
  137. Now I'm going to a little close up of this
  138. so you can see exactly
    how my hand is working
  139. and how it's touching
    the strings all the time.
  140. But the idea would be,
    just be going...
  141. [guitar strumming]
  142. Change
  143. 9, 9, 7, 7
  144. 9, 9, 7, 7
  145. 9, 9, 7
  146. [guitar strumming faster]
  147. Fairly straightforward.
  148. Let me do a little close up
  149. so you can the way my hand
    has to move around
  150. but still remaining in contact
    with the strings.
  151. [Justin] Here we are with
    our 9th chord shape,
  152. the one using the little finger as well.
  153. And we play that once.
  154. Then we've got all of these mutes
  155. where the fingers have to move around
  156. to our 7.
  157. So...
  158. [guitar strumming]
  159. There you're doing it in
    really slow motion.
  160. [guitar strumming]
  161. It's quite tricky. You're just
    letting them kind of glide around.
  162. They're in contact with the strings
    though all the time
  163. If I do it at normal speed now.
  164. [guitar strumming]
  165. It's quite tricky to get those
    fingers to stay on the strings
  166. all the time. But it
    just takes a bit of practice.
  167. I'm just going to show you
    one more really quickly
  168. to finish off with, which is using
    nearly all of the chords
  169. that we've done so far
    in one little groove.
  170. So, what we're going to be doing is,
    we're going to be doing E7
  171. [guitar strumming]
  172. E9 with the little finger
  173. E7
  174. E13 to E9
  175. Now the pattern is going to be
  176. [guitar strumming]
  177. 1, 2, 3, 4
  178. 9, 2, 3, 4
  179. 7, 2, 3, 4
  180. There's going to be an
    upstroke with the 13.
  181. And you're going to have
    one muted down strum
  182. and then,
  183. an up, which will be the beat 2.
  184. 16th note 2 of beat 4.
  185. This is going to be on the website
    with little markings
  186. like a tab kind of system for you to
    see exactly what's going on.
  187. Sounds like
  188. [guitar strumming]
  189. Let me give you a quick close up of that.
  190. It's going to be going 7
  191. [guitar strumming]
  192. 9, 7, 13, 9
  193. 7
  194. [guitar strumming]
  195. I know that last one is
    a little bit tricky.
  196. You'll have to check the website
    for a proper tab on that
  197. because I'm running out of time
    for this lesson.
  198. So I hope that's given you
    a bit of an insight
  199. into how to use those chords
    and stuff that we've done so far.
  200. I'll be doing the more
    advanced lessons very soon
  201. I've run out of time today, but,
    I will get on to them
  202. as soon as possible.
  203. And, hopefully, you'll be
    funking your butt off.
  204. Have a good one, dudes.
    Take care of yourselves.
  205. Funk out. See you soon.
    Bye Bye.