Funk Style 16th Note Displacement Pattern 1
Funk style guitar techniques are essential for every guitarist no matter what style of music you are into. The fret hand muting, 16th note rhythms, are really useful to improve your playing. Guitarists like Prince, Curtis Mayfield, John Frusciante, Bootsy Collins are some good examples of guys that really have the style down.
This funk style rhythm guitar exercise is a four-measure sixteenth note pattern where the rhythm gets displaced by one beat every time through it. We are playing this exercise with an E9 chord. Strum sixteenth notes and fret the chord on the first sixteenth note of every beat. The other three beats are muted strums. Hold the chord shape but don’t press down to get the muted or “dead” sounding notes. A good way to keep track of the beats is to count 1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a. This way you can easily focus on where the attacked and muted beats are.
The second measure the second sixteenth note is played and the others are muted. This is where the displacement term comes from. You are moving the beat over by one sixteenth note, or displacing it. Here you are playing the chord on the “e” of every sixteenth note. The third measure is the same idea with the chord being played on the “and” of every sixteenth note. The fourth measure is the chord being played on the “a” of every sixteenth note.
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