Drill of the Week #40 – Funk Guitar Style

richardsguitarstudio on April 13, 2015


Funk guitar style is definitely a departure from my normal stomping grounds of classical guitar and metal guitar. But, it offers a fun way to practice bar chords, hammer ons, and strumming rhythms and syncopation. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Count the rhythms. Remember, 16th notes are “1-e-and-a  2-e-and-a” etc.  Synchronize your counting with your pick alternating down-up-down-up. This will really help you learn songs not only in the funk guitar style, but in other styles as well – especially acoustic guitar songs.
  2. Your bar-finger should be snug right up against the fret wire. If is is not in the sweet-spot, the tone will suffer, and the hammer-on will not be nearly as audible.
  3. Tap your foot. If you can tap your foot as you play this, my hat is off to you kind sir or ma’am.  Your rhythm is doing well.Try it – it’s a challenge.

Nate from Richards Guitar Studio shows you how to play funk guitar style chords and strumming. Learn bar chords, minor 7 chords, strumming rhythms, and left hand muting.

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