August

Funk

Rhythm Rules: Clave Grooves and Funky Moves

December 27, 2014
Take a trip down South to learn a new style of funk guitar.
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Tuning Up: Funk Sh*! Up

July 10, 2014
Sick of playing predictably? Take a few tips from the booty-shakin’ masters.
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Rhythm Rules: Syncopated 16th-Note Rhythms

August 17, 2013

Stay in the pocket! Learn how 16th-note rhythms work in funk, rock, and acoustic music.


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Album Review: Sly and the Family Stone - "Higher!"

August 5, 2013
This new box set showcases the potent, precise weavings of guitarist Freddie Stone and bassist Larry Graham.
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Rhythm Rules: Atypical Funk

May 22, 2013
Move past the typical "James Brown" chord shapes by incorporating stacked fourths, 7#9, and 7sus4 shapes to breath new life into your rhythm playing.
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Rhythm Rules: Call-and-Response Funk Guitar

March 12, 2013
Create funky grooves in the style of James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Nile Rogers by developing a "call-and-response" approach to funk guitar.
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Album Review: Meat Puppets - "Rat Farm"

March 11, 2013
On this 14th effort, the Puppets’ calm complexity sprawls through folk, reggae, blues, whammy hair rock, psychedelic grunge, boom-chick twang, and more.
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Interview: Larry Graham - Sheer Energy

December 10, 2012
Larry Graham–legendary groove master for Sly and the Family Stone and pioneer of electric slap bass–recounts the birth of "thumpin'' and pluckin''" as well as his new Graham Central Station album, Raise Up, which features guests like Prince and Raphael Saadiq on 13 boot-shaking tunes.
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Kick Out the Jams: Pick Up the Pieces - Funk Guitar 101

November 5, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the basics of funk guitar. • Create two- and three-note voicings that imply dominant and minor harmony. • Learn how to
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Album Review: Will Bernard - "Outdoor Living"

March 9, 2012
Will Bernard Outdoor Living Dreck to Disk Records It’s hard to describe guitarist Will Bernard’s latest album, Outdoor Living, without using at least a few hyphens. Is it jazz-funk
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Kirk Douglas: Soul Reviver

December 20, 2011
As backing guitarist for everyone from the Beastie Boys to John McLaughlin and the Boss on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Roots’ “Captain” Kirk Douglas stands in the unique position of spearheading a soul-music resurgence and taking guitar into genres heretofore untouched by his funky brand of 6-string badness.
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Deep Blues: Funky Blues Rhythms

August 31, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at a few different ways to add some funk to your rhythm parts.
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Digging Deeper: Groove is in the Heart

August 16, 2011
How much control do you have when it comes to note placement?
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Rig Rundown - G.Love

May 4, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI, where he catches up with guitarist G.Love. In this Rig Rundown, G.Love shows off his pedalboard (Electro-Harmonix Wiggler, EHX Q-Tron, RC Booster, Keeley Compressor, Boss Digital Delay, Boss Flanger), amps (Ampeg J-20 Jet and Fender Deluxe Reverb), and guitars (Gretsch G.Love Signature Corvette, Gretsch Black Penguin, Gretsch Black Falcon, Gretsch 60th Anniversary, and several Gibson acoustics).
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Rig Rundown - The Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas & Owen Biddle

April 11, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the IMU Lounge at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, where she talks with the Roots' guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas and bassist Owen Biddle.
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5 Funk Guitarists You Should Know

January 17, 2011
Meet the players who’ve done more than any other to set heads a-bobbing, hips a-swaying, and dance floors afire around the globe.
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Comping

December 31, 2010
Rhythmic styles based in horn and piano parts of Albert King and James Brown tunes.
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Funky Blues: Rhythm Guitar Styles of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Others

October 20, 2010
Rhythm Guitar Styles of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Others
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Funky Rhythm Guitar: Slippery Slide, Scratch Chords, Essential Voicings, and More

August 17, 2010
The half-step (one-fret) slide is a common trick that will add a little spice to your rhythm parts.
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Funk Blues Licks

February 16, 2009
Dennis McCumber shares some blues licks in the style of Freddie King and Albert Collins
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