Funk Style 16th Note Displacement Pattern 1
The players who are good at this style make it look effortless, but Funk requires the mastery of strumming patterns and muting techniques as well as a keen sense of timing. Check out this new exercise and get your funky swerve on!
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We pulled this example of our exercises from our Rock collection. It’s called Licks For Rock Soloing Lick 1
This is a very common decending minor pentatonic lick. This is the first one is a four set series. Begin on the fifth fret on the first string, move to the second string, pick the eighth fret on the second string. Pull-off from the eighth fret to the fifth fret. The third string is a pull-off from the seventh fret to the fifth fret. Use your third finger on the seventh fret of the fourth string.
The challenging part of this phrase is the bend-release pull-off on the seventh fret of the third string. Pick the seventh fret and immediately bend and release the note. Make sure you support your third finger with your first and second finger. You want to hear the pitch on the seventh fret once you release that bend. Next, pull off to the fifth fret and move to the seventh fret on the fourth string. This little lick is used by everyone. It’s a good idea to practice this part separately at first. The last note ends on the root of the scale.
Notice how this lick starts and ends on the root of the scale. This makes the lick sound more resolved.
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