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Funk guitar E minor groove

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Funk guitar grooves are fun, and here's a chording shape I like when playing over a E minor groove. The two chords are Em7add13 (with no 5th) and a G major triad. In between, you just funk around on the D note on the G string, muted.

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etozzz said...

very good

Comment added on June 11, 2008
richey88 said...

Hey Robert! I've been lurking for a while now, GREAT STUFF! If you combine this Em13 and G triad 3 or 7 times and resolve on a (what inversion?) B chord you get a real James Brown thang happenin' Unh! Hit me!

Comment added on March 31, 2008
Paul said...

Thanks for the cool lesson Robert! I just picked up an Electro Harmonix Doctor Q Nano for $20 bucks on ebay. I was looking for some funky riffs to learn, low and behold an email from you about funk guitar…great timing! Thanks again for your CD and web based lessons. Paul

Comment added on March 30, 2008
Robert said...

Mark, I don't understand what you mean. What makes it E minor is the note G on the B string, on the 8th fret. For major, it would need to be G#.

Comment added on March 30, 2008
Mark said...

Because the chord/riff is played on the lower half of the 7th fret or B does that justify it as an Em as opposed to E major?know that E A barred at B exsists - thinking root here.

Comment added on March 30, 2008
Robert said...

Juve, you mean the JamMan? It's a looping pedal.
Gary, sure you can move that one up and down the neck. It's a good dominant7 chord inversion.

Comment added on March 30, 2008
gary moore said...

ENJOYED YOUR FUNK LESSON,ROBERT.
THIS IS A MOVABLE CHORD UP AND DOWN
THE NECK,IS'NT IT??????
THANK'S
GARY

Comment added on March 30, 2008
Juve said...

Hi Robert,
I really enjoy your videos and have wanted to thank you for sharing. Some time ago you were working with some sort of recording device that allowed you to record your groove down first so you could play over it. I don't remember what it was called but I'd love to try it. Can you tell how I can get one. Thanks, Juve

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.

NEW - T-Bone Walker Lesson

"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!"

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