VIDEO LESSON: How to Play the FUNK on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

You guys wanted the funk? Well, I got da funk! Here's my favorite little funk riffs on 3-string, Open G cigar box guitar.

Make sure you're only sliding on the two high strings.  Let that low string ring out like Bootsy Collins.

By the way, here's the link to that preamp in the vid:

What else do you want to learn? Let me know in the comments!

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Great lesson.  New builder/player.  I like that your recent lessons have been focusing on the "right" strum/finger hand. 

Great Video.

My two cents -
How do you teach the funk? You have to go beyond Grokking the funk and really understand it...

Or loosen up the right arm and just get funky?

I'm not sure I could teach some of my moves even..

Ol Greg I love Ol Greg . Great lesson as always . 

Great info for all levels of cbg player, including  the bit on how you integrate 'funkytown' into the start of your band's funk improv. Bootsy! 

Oh, that's some mighty fine rockin' funk - a good example of a funk variation.

Here's my two cents on the essence of pure funk. It has three ingredients.
1. Tight, precise, percussive playing - lots of short notes.
2. Lots of notes on the up beats instead of the down beats. If you're counting 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. The upbeats are the "and".
3. Space. Play a riff and then leave a gap before the next group of notes. Then another instrument will create a part that plays something in that empty space while leaving a gap in its own part. When played together, it's like pieces of a jig saw puzzle coming together to form a picture. But no one piece can represent the whole picture. The best example of this is the intro to Cut The Cake by the Average White Band.

Generally funk is played with a clean signal so that the precision of it can be heard. But not always.
If you're Stevie Wonder you can do anything you want and it will just be funky.

Here's a brief example of taking a rock song (Daytripper) and making it funky by applying the three steps listed above. Both guitars in this are CBGs.


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