Jam Sessions -
Funk Style - Lesson 1
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 1
Jam Sessions -
Funk Style - Lesson 1
Lyle: Let's get jammin'! The Funk style is a lot
like the Smooth Jazz style but with more of an aggressive attack. Most of the
funk style for guitar has cool rhythm riffs using a clean sound. Here's your jam
track which is made from just two
in Em - without guitar
Lyle: Now you're going to learn 4 different funk
guitar rhythm riffs to play over this jam. Here's your first riff and probably
rhythm riff 1
cant play barre chords .. ahh
Lyle: Ak, don't worry, soon you will be able to,
just keep trying. The next rhythm riffs are simpler. Rhythm riff 1 is made from
those two chords, Em7 and FM7. You slide into them from a fret below, just like
I talked about in the Smooth Jazz
Lyle: You can click the loop button on each of
these TAB files to play along with me and slow down the tempo to make it easier,
or just use the jam track.
Lyle: Here's the next riff that uses the same
guitar sound and chords but played in a different place:
I'm using the bridge and middle single coil pickups (position 2) phased, with a
little chorus, delay, and reverb on the guitar sound. Now try playing rhythm
riffs 1 & 2 back to back against the jam track.
Lyle: Rhythm riff 3 is still made from those two
chord, but again played in different places on the neck:
Lyle: Rhyhtm riff 4 is an agressive funk rhythm
played on just one string. The "v" means down stroke, the rest are up strokes.
Try to just strum the 3rd string, mute all the others in case you hit them with
Each of the 4 rhythm riffs are two measures long. Try playing all four rhythm
riffs together like this:
all 4 rhythm riffs
You can use the jam track from the beginning of this lesson to play along with,
or you can use this jam track that has the rhythm guitar in
Jam Track in
Em - with guitar
If you were to improvise over this jam, the first scale of choice is the E minor
E minor pentatonic
These two chords are in the key of C major. The Em7 is the
iii minor chord and the FM7 is the IV chord in the key of C major.
This is a iii - IV progression in the key of C
Lyle: This means you could play the C major scale
against this jam track and it would sound good.
Here's a little sample of me improvising over the jam track while using the C
major scale example
Since the Em7 is the iii chord in the key of C, this means you can use the third
mode in the C major scale - the E Phrygian mode.
The Phrygian is like the natural minor scale but with a flatted 2nd
Lyle: Here's a little solo I made using the E
Phrygian and E minor pentatonic scales:
Why did you use two guitars?
Lyle: I used one to record the rhythm, the other
to record the lead because there are many guitars to choose from here
scales are so smooth, is there a daily exercise you do?
I try to practice many different scales with and without jam tracks everyday,
mostly as a warm-up exercise.
Lyle: This is
a good time to take a break. One last question?
ralph: Is there a logical progression to
learning scales? I have always heard the blues scales are the first
skips: What is a good starting
mode to learn?
Lyle: The major
scale is the Ionian mode. Learn it forwards, backwards,
sideways, and upside down, in every key. Then do that for the next
all for this lesson! If you are interested in receiving your own customized
private lessons from me using Riff Interactive technology, you can. I can teach
you more about this lesson, more riffs, theory, or even your favorite songs.
Email me at Lyle@theguitar.net for more info.