Funk Riff in E with Major Third
While it’s true that a lot of funk is based on the Minor Pentatonic scale, it doesn’t always have to be. For example, this basic funk riff uses the major third. It is based on the Major Pentatonic scale, with the addition of a few notes.
Watch the video, and pay special attention to which notes are used. Then, learn the notes in order, but not in time. Next, play along with the slow version, until you’ve got it down. Finally, you can play along with the regular tempo version.
Remember that it’s important to learn the notes first. Don’t allow yourself to slop through it, or you’ll end up making mistakes for a very long time before you actually get it down. If you are patient with yourself, you’ll find that you are able to play it correctly in less time than if you try to rush things.
Once you’ve got this riff down, explore it to see what variations you can come up with on your own. Remember, it’s great to learn other people’s riffs – and you should learn a LOT of them. But better still to learn to create your own. Have fun, and…
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