Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry – Funk Guitar Lesson Tutorial (ST-366)

hey you’re doing Justin here today we are checking out play that funky music by what cherry what an old-time classic guitar song this is has got loads and loads of killer parts what I just showed you there was kind of a mixture of the two guitar parts in there but I’m going to show you what they both are but we get a mainly focus on one guitar part which is a kind of a good one if you were playing one guitar in a band or you want to play it by yourself because the two parts together of course you need two guitar players to do that so let’s get to a close-up check out how to play this beast so I’m going to take you through it one riff at a time and the first riff is the riff that you hear right at the beginning of the song which is this okay so we’ve got a little bit of parm mute there with the picking hand just touching the string ever so slightly dirt without it right just a little bit just to mute it down a little bit okay so I’m going to find the thickest string twice then the seventh fret on the 5th string then the fifth fret back to the seventh fret then we’re going to play the fifth fret on the thickest string and hammer on the third finger into the seventh fret and then we’re going to play the fifth fret to the seventh fret on the 5th string but we’re going to pick it so we got okay that’s all going to take down pigs except for that that second last note which is the fifth fret on the 5th string which will be up down okay so we’ve got down down down down down down hammer up down down down down down down down hammer down okay getting that little hammer on this note and then the up pick to the down pick is really what will make it sound kind of like the record a lot of people plan both there’s hammer ons but it never kind of sits the same way you know you really want to be all down mix hammer on up down for that last note okay riff number two goes like this it’s probably what most people hear has been that the proper funky part in this song is really cool little riff to play so we’re starting off with an e 9 chord now if you’re not familiar with how to play an e 9 you want to go and check out the whole dedicated lesson on playing the e 9 in a funk context that’s part of my funk ATAR course not going to go through all the details of that now but you’re going to play the e 9 you’re going to do a Down stroke and an upstroke on the e 9 and then you’ve got two scratches so just relaxing the e 9 to get the muted hit so down you up ok now we’ve got this really cool little which is actually an e7 chord and it looks very similar to the e 9 obviously but we’re just relaxing that third finger so the thinnest two strings are muted so we just end up having this seventh fret sixth fret seventh fret is what’s sounding dinner’s two strings of mutant by the underneath of the third finger there okay so we’ve got the e9 you okay this is just an e7 make sure the mute of the thickest string two with the tip of the second finger and then e flat and back to e7 again a flat seven that is such the same shape okay een ein mute e 7 e7 e 7 K all down picks okay again he 9 e 7 e flat 7 E 7 so after this little dominant 7th movement here we’ve got this F sharp 9 which will take an up pick an up strum which is the last sixteenth note of beat 3 and then we move that down one fret to an F 9 which will be a Down stroke on the offbeat the end okay let me just play that whole bar nice and slow so you can see what’s going on I’ll do the count as well so 3 E and a 4 E and a 1 and E and three E and a four E and one and a two and three E and a four E and one and two and three and four E and so one thing in case you hadn’t noticed already is that we’re going to get a few extra little clicks in there so even though I’m telling you kind of the strict pattern is this you can hear already it’s really difficult to not get a few little extra hits in there a few scratches and that’s cool you know because on the original recording there’s plenty of those that just sneak in so you end up with kind of okay it’s fresh up here you can I get a few little scratches in there and let’s find out accentuate them too much they appear here and they’re on the record but you know don’t just let it happen go for doing it straight just aim for that and then you’ll probably find a lot of those scratches happen in the right places just by themselves now there is one variation that’s actually happening here which is a little slide up to the F sharp 9 again we’re just even though it’s the whole chord we’re only focusing on that third finger those notes there maybe maybe the first finger is robbing mainly those notes are the ones that we’re focused on to end up with it you can see that the other two fingers are traveling along with it keeping those strings muted because we don’t want to if we just lift it up and go we’re going to end up getting all sorts of funny notes going on but okay so it’s got to be 7th to 9th slide okay so up slide down okay otherwise it’s exactly the same roof I think what’s happening well it’s kind of difficult to tell it seems like it’s alternating between the two so you do it with a straight one first the first time around the second time with the slide up to the F sharp nine so we end up with this so now into rift three which is the little pre-chorus thing they were dancing and singing bit which is all just at a nine to right the end and we’re doing this okay so ii nine chord we’re doing point E and two E and three E and four E and E and two E and three E and four E and a one E and two E and three E and a four E and a one E and two E okay really important keeping that hand nice and relaxed making sure that lifting the chord creates a mute I go we’re not – a mute up with the strumming hand just play relax the chord shape and that will mute it one E and two E and three E and four E and two E and three E and a four E and a one E and two E and three E and four E and two E and three and okay at the very last time we’ve got this step up going from the D F to F sharp 9 which is going to G 9 which is going to be the start of the fourth riff which is going to be the course okay so I’ll just play that one more time so three four and they were dancing and singing and just hit me okay and that’s way into the course which is going to be riff number four now riff number four is this okay a lot going on in this one so let’s start off we’ve got a g9 pod and the rhythm pattern is one E and a two and three E and four okay again one E and a two and three and four okay one E and a two and three and folding that down up down copies down miss come down one and two and three and four one and two and three and four and up two and three and one and two and three and four such a great pattern now what’s happening is that again it’s a 2 bar pattern but the second time round on the last two notes we have an a 9 and an A flat 9 ok so we end up with this the rhythm of that is well sorry that’s a 4 and so we end up with it one and A two and three and four one two and three and four and one two and three and four one and two and three and four and okay so it does that twice then it does one bar of the g9 and then we go to a B flat nine now must admit I always played it as a B flat nine up here but having listened to it just now to do an accurate transcription for you guys it is definitely a very cool b 9 b flat 9 caught down here this is the first finger in the fifth fret of the fifth string third finger in the sixth fret of the fourth string second finger in the fifth fret of the third string little finger in the sixth fret of the second string two outside strings of muted okay that’s a b-flat nine chord and the rhythm that’s played on this is one E and a two and three E and a one E and a two E and three E and a one E up to E and AH three E and a four so that’ll be down up down up up up up down up down one the end up to E and three E and AH four one-e-and ah two-e-and ah three two and one 2d and 3d em okay so let me just play through that part up to the little note line them it’s a different thing altogether so up to that point we’re starting on the g9 we go three four okay now we’ve got the riff okay pretty simple kind of a pentatonic bass thing we got the ninth fret on the third-string then the seventh fret then ninth fret on the fourth string then seventh fret on the third-string then back to the fourth string ninth fret seventh fret okay one two and three four and again 1 2 & 3 4 & 1 & 3 okay so the second part of the riff nine nine seven nine seven shift two five then seven five on the fifth string again starting on the fourth string nine nine seven nine seven shift seven on the fifth string fifth fret on the 5th string my lord okay the whole riff again 3 4 1 2 & 3 4 & 1 & 3 4 1 2 & 3 4 & 1 & ok so let me just play through that chorus one time including that little riff and then I’ll talk about some of these secondary parts you might like to check out so again 3 4 ok so let’s have a little bit of a chat about some of these other parts that are going on the way that the two parts can link together so the obvious one is right at the beginning where we’ve got this one guitar down and the other guitar underneath going gain those two parts work really well together it so definitely something you should be listening out for on the original recording but in the pre-chorus as well when we’ve got time on guitar doing them ok the other one’s going just 7th fret 5th fret and back to 7th fret 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 and okay and then into the chorus when the guitars doing though that part the guitar actually I get the the original guitar goes right down to the third fret there he’s actually finding the same as intro riff but in G so third fret on the thickest string then fifth fret on third fret fifth fret on the fourth string third fret fifth fret hammer on on the fifth string and then picking the notes third fret – fifth fret on the fourth string so so when the strumming guitar part goes to this B flat nine chord I’m not really hearing anything right on the beat but I do hear a little happening on beat three OK’d a little bit unusual but that you don’t need to have guitar parts going all the time very often it’s nice to have a bit of a bit of space all it could be going I just can’t hear that b-flat that would kind of make sense to have one two three four then he plays an EU note when the riff starts when that’s going on he plays an emote and then this beast seven sharp nine chord to seventh fret sixth fret seventh fret seventh fret just like an e nine but moved over onto the wrong strings okay and just playing those four string it’s actually the same as the Hendrix chord but with a sixth string root it’s the way that you play the hendrix called the six string root if you wanted to so the second guitar part in the chorus will be this Oh etc so it really it’s kind of a subtle thing but it works really really great with the other guitar part I really hope you’re going to enjoy playing that funky music white boy such a coaching this one it really is an old-time guitar classic if you’re struggling with any of the techniques you’re not sure about the chords or how to do the hits and the scratches or side sliding or any of the stuff covered in this song do go and check out the funk guitar course on the website okay the reason that I’ve done a course separate is so that when I’m teaching these sort of classic functions I don’t have to go through and explain how to play each chord and how to do the mutes and the scratches each time you know for those of you get with the program you know check out the course you’ll know how to do the techniques and you can focus on learning the tunes and making sure again of course that you’re counting it right that’s really important and of course the biggest deal when you’re learning these Tunes is playing along with the original recording and making sure you lock in with your timekeeping because that’s really the the key thing there is playing along really making sure that you’re sitting in the pocket like when you play and the guitar on the record plays it’s exactly the same time you know locking into the groove is really a big dealing in the funk John rrah so I hope you have a lot of fun with it and I’ll save for plenty more lessons very soon you take care of yourselves bye bye

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