Simple Funk in D with Flat 7
This is a fairly basic, repetitive Funk riff in D, with a flat 7. Notice that I play the riff four times, and on the fourth time I do a variation that loops back around to the main riff. This is how you help others know where they are in the song, or how many times you’ve played a riff. Using the concept of a “turn around” helps keep your band tight.
In the video, I show you the notes, one at a time, followed by demos at several speeds, starting with the slowest tempo and returning to normal speed. At the end, I play the riff again, and add a second variation on the turn around. This turns a 4 measure line into an 8 measure line. See if you can figure out this minor change.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: As you’re practicing this riff, keep in mind that many funk lines are very repetitive, which is what makes people want to dance. You need to be able to play a line literally a hundred times or more with conviction. So instead of playing it ten times in a row perfectly, try playing it forty times in a row, then fifty… up to a hundred times perfectly.
Have fun, and…
Aim High – Play Low
Was this lesson helpful? Let me know in the comments below. And feel free to ask questions! Share it with your friends using the tiles below, and hit the LIKE button if you’re of a mind! ~ Lane