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Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 7

Lyle: Grab your guitar and jam along! Join in on these jam sessions, which are designed to teach you theory and technique, rhythm riffs, chords, scales, riffs, and solos, as you play along to the jam tracks. Listen or watch the media clips below to see and hear what you'll learn in this lesson:

Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 7

Jam Sessions - Funk Style - Lesson 7



Lyle: Hello and welcome to this jam session. What makes this jam funky is the drums and the funky little rhythm guitar riffs. Here's your jam track that you'll use for this lesson:

Jam Track in Em

Lyle: The jam track is made from just 4 simple chords:

chord chart


chords

chords

Lyle: The funk rhythm riffs are made from notes in the E minor pentatonic scale. They are also made in the "theme and variation" type of composition. It starts off withh a simple riff that ends up as being the theme, then new riffs are added and you'll keep coming back to the original them riff:

funk rhythms

funk rhythms

Lyle: None of the riffs are hard to play, maybe the sliding ones are. You have to keep consistent pressure down on the strings when you slide back and forth like that.

Lyle: Let's look at the melody riffs. Now these aren't funky to me, just sound good as a good contrast to what's going on. This melody is made from the E natural minor scale. The only time you use a note out of the scale is during the third measure of each 4 bars. I've circled these notes which highlights them for you:

melody riffs

melody riffs

Lyle: The solo is made from a combination of the E minor pentatonic and the natural minor scales:

solo

solo

Lyle: Now jam! You've just learned all the parts in the lessons sample at the beginning of the lesson. Try mixing them up in any way you want to and play along to the looping jam track.

skip: Lyle, what are those triplets called toward the end?

Lyle: It's stacked 5ths going up in the key of D major (3rd fret, second string), then changing back to G major for the final half of the climb. I'm using the second string as my guide.

skip: How do you learn that stuff?

Lyle: Explore the neck and scales and try to look at music in different angles.

Lyle: Here's a little something extra for some of you to work on during these holidays. It's my own version of Silent Night:

silent_night

Silent Night

Lyle: That's all for this lesson. Hope you are having fun jamming with me. See you at the next lesson! If you would like extra study on this topic or a different topic, I can make a custom lesson for you to download. I can even teach you how to play your favorite songs! Email me at: lyle@theguitar.net and let me know how I can help you. Thanks, Lyle
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