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Beginning Funk Guitar Lesson

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Guitar lesson - getting started with playing Funk! by dolphinstreet
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Guitar Lesson Overview

Get into the groove with some funky guitar! This guitar lesson shows how to play a simple groove. A proper right hand technique is very important in order to keep good time and make it sound funky. The technique of the left hand is also very important, because it will take care of the muting of the strings.

I hope you can learn from this technique and use it in your own playing. When the technique is working for you, there are many songs and riffs you can learn or even create yourself. The cool riff in the Stevie Ray Vaughan song Couldn't Stand The Weather is perfect for this technique.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Roger said...

Love this funky groove, thanks for showing us

Comment added on June 29, 2010
Ashwin said...

Damn awesome site. Probably the most useful for beginners like me. Keep up the good work.

Comment added on October 10, 2009
lewis said...

thanks for the lessons its really helped me with my funk guitar. great job =)

Comment added on February 06, 2009
Rev. Ted said...

I appreciate the way you slow down and and break each part into simple units of learning. You have a great gift of teaching, not just playing. Thanks for the lesson. This is my first lesson in funk. Great job.

Comment added on March 23, 2008
Robert said...

Graham, that is very inspiring to hear! It is sometimes hard for me to find the time to continue producing decent videos, my I keep trying.

Cool that you got your guitar there, G&L make great guitars too.

Comment added on January 23, 2008
Graham said...

Hey Robert,
Thanks so much for this entire series of lessons. You have found your true calling as a great teacher and a great musician. This is the most inspiring practical site I have ever found. I have really made progress in a matter of hours using your 'can do' videos. Thanks so much.

Graham
Scotland

PS I have a G&L White Strat that I bought in Zobrist's guitar shop in Seattle where Hendrix bought his guitars.

Comment added on January 15, 2008
Robert said...

Thanks Wikrama! No, I don't practice so much - I don't have much time. I should practice more though!

Comment added on January 04, 2008
wikrama said...

great,are you practis every day?

Comment added on January 04, 2008

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.

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"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!