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Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 3

Lyle: Listen or watch the media clips below to see and hear what you'll learn in this lesson:

Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 3

Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 3



Lyle: This lesson has a jam that is wide open, no chords to get in the way of you building melody lines and playing chords. You're going to learn 8 funk rhythm riffs and then practice playing tham all in a row, just like in the lesson sample above. Here's your basic jam track for this lesson.

Jam Track in A without guitar

Lyle: The first rhythm riff is the easiest:

rhythm riff 1

rhythm riff 1

Lyle: Loop the TAB file to play along with until you learn the riff, then try it along to the jam track. Remember, you can also slow it down.

Lyle: I'm using a strat style guitar, bridge and middle pickups with a clean sound, no effects besides the wah-wah pedal.

cry baby - Thomas Organ Co


Lyle: This is a vintage unit made by the Thomas Organ Co. I'm rocking it back and forth to the beat. My foot goes down on the pedal for each beat, full motion.

Lyle: Rhythm riff 2 is made from the A7 chord:

rhythm riff 2

rhythm riff 2

Lyle: Remember you can turn each one of these riffs into a little jam track just by clicking on the loop button for the TAB. This helps you get each riff down, then you can try it against the regular jam track.

Lyle: The next rhythm riff has a nice little hammer-on. It is hammering from the minor third to the major third degree in A:

rhythm riff 3

rhythm riff 3

Lyle: The fourth rhythm riff is made from the A9 chord, which is a dominant chord, very bluesy, jazzy, and funky:

rhythm riff 4

rhythm riff 4

Lyle: I push it up a half step at the end of the riff to give it a jazzy "outside the box" sound.

Lyle: See if you can play all 4 rhythm riffs, in order, along to this jam track:

Jam Track - 1st 4 riffs

Lyle: We're half way through the rhythm riffs now. The next riff is a single string riff. The hard part is keeping a strong strum and having the other strings muted:

rhythm riff 5

rhythm riff 5

Lyle: Your left hand is carefully muting the other strings around the riff.

Lyle: The next riff is like rhythm riff 3, but this time using more of the hammer-on riff:

rhythm riff 6

rhythm riff 6

Lyle: The next riff is a fun one to do because you're making a sound effect. The fret numbers for this tab is just a rough estimate of where to start and finish each section of the riff. Try using your 3rd finger for the slides and your 4th finger for the little mutes way up high:

rhythm riff 7

rhythm riff 7

Lyle: The 8th and final rhythm riff is my favorite. It is made from two different chords, A13 to A7#9, both are dominant chords:

rhythm riff 8

rhythm riff 8

Lyle: Here's a jam track that has all 8 rhythm riffs in it to help you remember what comes next:

Jam Track in A with guitar

Lyle: If you were to improvise to this jam track, you might want to try the A major blues scale:

A major blues scale

Lyle: Since most of the rhythm riffs were centered around the A dominant chords, the major blues scale is cool to use. Even the A minor blues will work too:

A minor blues scale

Lyle: Speaking of dominant chords, the scale/mode that goes with dominant chords is the Mixolydian mode. Try the A mixolydian mode against the jam track too as well as mixing up the A major and minor blues:

A Mixolydian

Lyle: Here's a little sample of me running through these scales against the jam track:

scale examples

Lyle: There's so much you can do with this jam since there's no chord in the back ground. Try different things, learn different A scales and try them out against the jam. Looks like we're out of time for this lesson.

Lyle: Email lyle@theguitar.net me if you run into questions about this or other lessons. Also let me know if you would like me to make you a custom lesson on the topic of your choice. Thanks, Lyle

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