Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 2
Lyle: Listen or watch the
media clips below to see and hear what you'll learn in this
lesson:Jam Sessions - Funk Style -
Jam Sessions -
Funk Style - Lesson 2
Lyle: Here's your jam track in
Jam Track in
I'like to show you all the guitar parts for this groove, then a bunch of scale
options, and then a solo made from these scales. The first riff to learn is this
funky Gm jam is the bass riff. A clean guitar sound is used, bridge or middle
Notice you're copying the bass guitar, playing exactly what the bass is
notice that you use Brian Moore guitar for rock, then smooth jazz and now funk.
Is it that versatile?
Lyle: Yes, it is a very versatile guitar. I also
use it for all the keyboard parts, bass parts, and some drums and percussion too
since it is also a midi guitar.
Lyle: Loop the TAB file to play along with each
of these riffs until you've mastered them, then try playing along to the regular
looping Jam Track.
Lyle: The next riff is made from two
Pretty simple. The next riff reminds me of a Hendrix/Lenny Kravitz style guitar
The x's are all muted. I used a wah-wah pedal to create that scatchy sound
while muting the strings. Rock the wha pedal back and forth to the beat, pushing
it down for all the down beats, 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. That's how you normaly use it in
a rhythm riff.
Lyle: So now we have three guitar parts all
playing together, the bass riff, the chords, and this wah-wah part. Here's
another wah-wah part but with a new riff:
Remember you can loop the TAB file to play along with each of these riffs until
you've mastered them, then try playing along to the regular looping Jam Track.
Now the test. See if you can play riffs 2 and 3 together like
2 and 3 together
rhythm riffs 2
and 3 together
Ready for scales? The common scales to use during this jam in G minor is the G
minor pentatonic and the G minor blues scales:
Take away the flatted 5ths in the minor blues scale and you have the regular
Lyle: When you look at the TAB file played back
on the virtual fret board you'll see the b5 notes are highlighted in light blue.
All the red notes are just the minor pentatonic.
Lyle: Since the two chords being used are both
minor, Gm7 and Gm6, then there should be a minor mode we could use. Who knows
which minor mode we could use here against these two
Lyle: Yes! The minor 6 chord is a dead give away
to telling you that it belongs as the ii chord of a key, therefore the G Dorian
minor mode is great to use:
G Dorian minor
roy: How about
an F major scale?
Lyle: Yes! The F major works perfect here since
the Gm7 and Gm6 are the ii chords in the key of F major:
How about playing the relative minor of F major over this, should work,
Since the D relative/Aeolian minor works, you could also use the D minor
is where solely ear based playing has limited me, short of relative minor, and
major options based on the tonic, I'd have never pondered F major as an option,
and it seems alot of rock guitarists layer their playing with similar
embellishments. I need an easy book on
Check out the Riff CD called Understanding Modes
Lyle: Here's the solo I made from some of these
scales we just talked about:
Eric: How do
you come up with stuff like that? Do you hear it in your head or does it just
Lyle: Eric, that is a good question. I made up
the rhythm riffs and jam track in about a half hour while messing around to the
drum beat. Then I spent a little more time refining it. Then I started jamming
to the jam track and using the scales we just went over. I decided to make a
couple riffs using them just as demonstration riffs.
Does that type of lead playing out've the blues box require limited theory
knowledge ? It seems to transcend what one can pickup by ear
Steve, it is harder to pick that stuff up by ear. It's easier to pick up stuff
by ear when the guy is just using the minor pentatonic.
have a seperate solo that I recorded but didn't tab out. I didn't like all the
riffs in it. Here's the alternate solo riffs I was working on using these
Ben: That was
awesome Lyle. Both solos......WOW
Dion: Right!! that is awesome
Lyle: Thanks, it was all improvised and done in
That's so good it's allmost depressing.
Lyle: No, no, stop that. Just practice these
riffs and scales along to the jam track Get good at switching between patterns,
it will help you come up with new melodies and riff
Lyle: I'm going to take a break for now. See you
again at the next lesson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org me if you run into
questions about this or other lessons. Thanks and good
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