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70s Funk Blast - Monday - Week 1

Parliament/Funkadelic style
The guitarists for Parliament/Funkadelic would often play a counter rhythm and melody to the bass and drums. The orchestration of these rhythmic patterns produced a powerful percussive effect to the overall sound of the band while leaving space in the music for vocals and the soloists.

Today's lick is based on the E Minor Pentatonic pattern. The lick starts on the 3rd fret/2nd string, then a pull-off on the open 2nd string (B) and then immediately playing the 4th fret/3rd string which is a unison to the open B. You use the two unison notes together to create a percussive effect in the lick. The end of the first phrase plays two notes barred on the 7th fret and the second phrase ends using notes based on E blues scale starting which includes a b5 (Bb).

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: E
Video: lick picking

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