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  1. Hello, how are you doing? Justin here.
  2. After my little wah-wah pedal reviews
    the other day,
  3. a lot of people asked me to do some
    lessons on some funk guitar.
  4. So, I'm going to do this little series now
  5. This first lesson is going to show you
    some basic funk chords,
  6. so it'll just be looking at six
    really common, cool,
  7. fairly straight-forward,
    not-too-difficult to play, chords
  8. that are good for doing funk.
  9. Next lesson we're going to look at
    rhythm guitar, basic funk rhythm
  10. then a few more fancy chords
    in the next lesson,
  11. and then a few more complicated rhythm
    strumming patterns
  12. that you might use in funk.
  13. A lot of people asked that before I go
    and do the lesson
  14. I show you what's gonna happen in practice
  15. I'm going to play a little bit of
    the funk that you'll
  16. hopefully be able to play at the end of
    the course after
  17. you've done your practice
  18. but don't expect to be able to do it
    straight away. So,
  19. Take it away, Justin!
  20. (jamming funkily)
  21. (jamming intensifies)
  22. That kind of thing.
  23. There was a lot of chords
    going on there
  24. more chords than you probably
    need to do
  25. and I was just showing off how many...
    kind of the possibilities of it.
  26. So, what we're gonna start off with is
    just looking at six really cool,
  27. common chord grips.
  28. These are going to be
    I'll do a close-up of these
  29. E9,
  30. another version of E9,
  31. E13,
  32. E7,
  33. another version of E7,
  34. and E7sus4, or E11.
  35. Before I try and show you how to use
    any of these things,
  36. we need to get close-up and
    make sure that you get the
  37. finger right for each of the chords
    because it makes a big difference so
  38. Let's go real close-up and
    check that out.
  39. The first chord to look at today is this
  40. E9 chord, which looks like this
  41. I'll run it through with you, so it's
  42. 2nd finger on the 7th fret
    of the 5th string,
  43. that's the root note, where we get the
    chord's name from.
  44. Then the 1st finger going down
    on the 6th fret of the 4th string,
  45. 3rd finger going down on the 7th fret
    of the 3rd string,
  46. little finger going down on the 7th fret
    of the 2nd string.
  47. It's very important that you realize when
    you're playing this chord that
  48. the second finger here is touching
    the thickest string and muting it,
  49. and the little finger, the underneath
    of the little finger there,
  50. is muting that 1st string, so that
    we should have
  51. muted 6th string, then note...
  52. ...
  53. and that thinner string is muted.
  54. So that's the first E9 chord we're
    looking at.
  55. Now, the second E9 chord we're looking at
    is very similar,
  56. but all we're going to do is we're going
    to use our 3rd finger to make a little bar
  57. on the thinnest three strings.
  58. Now, make sure that you remember to get
    this knuckle further away from the neck
  59. than this part of the hand, so it's really
    going out there towards you there.
  60. So, just like when you're doing an A-shape
    barre chord it's the same kind of feeling.
  61. Then we have 2nd finger reaching over the
    top of the 3rd finger there,
  62. and 1st finger in the same place as it was
    for the other E9.
  63. So this one's really similar...
  64. but now we get this top note as well there
  65. so the top note here is B, the thinnest
    string is being held down
  66. so this is also an E9.
  67. So we have that E9...
  68. and now we've got this E9...
  69. Now, a really funky little variation of
    this one is to use this 13th chord.
  70. So, this is the same as our 9th chord here
    but we stretch out with the little finger
  71. up two frets so this little finger is just
    going down here, this is in the 9th fret.
  72. E9
  73. E13
  74. Very cool little chord, so that one there
    that's an E13.
  75. Now, another really common chord that we
    can use here is little E7 chord here,
  76. just shuffle my hand back a little bit,
    there we go.
  77. So, now this one here we've got the root
    note here with the 3rd finger,
  78. 2nd finger is going on the 6th fret,
  79. little finger is going on the 7th fret
    of the 3rd string,
  80. 1st finger is going on the 5th fret
    of the 2nd string
  81. This is an E7, noting of course again that
    the 3rd finger is muting that
  82. thicker string so that doesn't sound,
  83. and the underneath of the 1st finger there
    right around at the back there,
  84. is touching the 1st string, so we should
    have muted note,
  85. note, note, note, note,
  86. and thinnest string is muted again,
    so that one's an E7.
  87. Now, there's another very common way to
    play an E7,
  88. which is up here...
  89. Now, this one's just kind of an A-shape
    barre chord.
  90. There would be your regular like E chord,
    your barre chord,
  91. notice I'm tucking that finger away so you
    get a good view,
  92. you wouldn't normally play it like that.
  93. So that would be your regular E chord.
  94. Now, E7 is played like this,
  95. so this is a full barre with the 1st
    finger at the 7th fret,
  96. the root note being there,
  97. and again making sure that the tip of the
    1st finger is muting that thicker string.
  98. Doesn't really matter when we play an
    E chord, but it matters
  99. when we play other chords.
  100. So, then, 3rd finger is going down in the
    9th fret of the 4th string,
  101. little finger is going down in the 9th
    fret of the 2nd string,
  102. now...
  103. that would be the whole chord,
    so we've got like
  104. nothing on the thicker string, 7-9-7-9-7
    would be the fret numbers.
  105. Now I often don't like the sound of that
    thinnest... that B at the end
  106. so a little trick for you sometimes is
  107. I play a little barre there
    with the first finger,
  108. but I'm lifting that knuckle up,
    this one here
  109. I'm lifting that up a little bit so that
    the thinner string is actually muted,
  110. so if I strum it we get...
  111. and the thinner string is not there.
  112. I quite like the sound of that, not having
    that B on the top,
  113. the same with the E9 we had two types,
    so with the E7 we can have all the notes,
  114. or we can stop it at the 2nd string...
  115. and this leads us very nicely onto our
    last chord for this session, which is a
  116. E11, or an E7sus4, depending on who...
    either one is correct really,
  117. which is exactly the same as our E7 but we
  118. just move our little finger forward
    one fret...
  119. There's E7, so E7sus4 or E11...
  120. and E7...
  121. Now, if you put these in a particular
    order, you can end up with a really cool
  122. chord scale, so if we had here
    E7... E9 (the first one I showed you)...
  123. E7...
  124. E11...
  125. E9 (the second one)...
  126. and the E13...
  127. hopefully you can hear the top note is
    playing like a little scale...
  128. Again...
  129. And that's one of the big tricks to making
    melodies out of your funk chords is having
  130. all of those melody notes available.
  131. Before you get going and trying to learn
    the rhythm,
  132. it's a really good idea to practice up
    those chords.
  133. We're mainly gonna be using the 9th chord
    (the 2nd version of the 9th chord)
  134. when we start learning our funk
    rhythm guitar,
  135. but have a practice of all of them,
    practice between them,
  136. it's quite challenging for these things,
    especially when you have to change them
  137. quite fast, in a kind of a funky way,
    you don't have a lot of time so just
  138. find a couple of 'em that you think sound
    good together
  139. and practice moving one to the next,
    one to the next.
  140. Use the one-minute changes, which I think
    is a video lesson here called
  141. "How to Make Your Chord Changes Faster".
  142. That would be a really good thing for you
    check out too.
  143. So, have a bit of fun with those chords
    and I'll see you very soon for some
  144. basic funk rhythm guitar.
  145. Take care of yourselves.
  146. (wombat noises)