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Thread: Funky chords

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    Funky chords

    Any one know any good funk chord progression? cheers

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    nils152 wrote:
    Any one know any good funk chord progression? cheers


    I don't think there are any chords or chord progressions that are inherently funky. Funk has a lot more to do with your rhythmic approach and feel.

    I would advise you to listen to a lot of funk music if you want to be able to play it.

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    what about a dom7#9 16th note vamp...jimi hendrix voicing of course.

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    Is there another voicing ?

    It all depends on what you want to play. If you just want to jam with friends over funky music, vamps are the way, usually over m7, 7 or 7#9 chords. If you want to play actual songs, you can listen to vocal artists such as James Brown, George Clinton or Betty Davis and figure out the chord progressions. That being said a lot of those songs are made of successive vamps.

    For funky riffs you can also check out The Meters, they are primarily an instrumental band and the guitar was an important part of their sound. A lot of funk music is about bass, drums, and keyboards, the guitar being often "reduced" (don't like that word) to a more percussive role, to complement the groove.

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    +1 for the Meters. I have a "Best of the Meters" and I do think they went downhill a bit towards the end but the early Cissy Strut period is great.

    Am I right, no-one mentioned Dom9 chords yet?! Very much the staple of Jimmy Nolen (James Brown).

    Also, for sounds, don't forget Funkadelic, and for Funk/Rock RHCP's Blood Sugar Sex Magic period is sure funky.

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    I only know the Meters' first three albums, so it's all great to me ^^

    Doh ! for the dom9th ! Of course they are used a whole lot !!

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    I'd also mention Dom7/9/13 half-tone approach slides here and there.
    Zadd9 -> A6 -> T#9b5 -> Zmaj7

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    i didnt explain my self very well, im really into that kinda percussive chordal kinda stuff of hendrix and the chili peppers, any songs you can suggest?

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    Just play part of the chord

    Quote Originally Posted by nils152
    Any one know any good funk chord progression? cheers
    Something I do when I get bored with the same old funk chords is to break them up. For example, a simple E9 chord at the 7th fret is a great funk chord.

    The notes are E G# D F# B

    Instead of using the entire chord, if you move your pick around it changes the top voice and creates the effect that you are changing chords, in essence.

    So I would chunk along and maybe only play E G# and D for a few bars, then, without changing chords, just play D F# A,,, Or maybe bounce up and back.

    LIke just play E and G#, then G# D

    If you move it around it really enhanses the whole concept of funk rhythm, rather than just playing the entire chord.
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    Yep, good point. Using especially the high 2 or 3 strings to play diads and triads is very common and you don't need the root in there - thats what the bass player is for!

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    13sus all the way! It is a funky chord and believe me I did not watch that movie.

    -Jorge
    "If God had wanted us to play the piano he would've given us 88 fingers"

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    ......... 6's, 7's ,(+,-, 9) m7's, 9's ,m9's, 11's (sus 4's ) with Rhytmic heave-ho as Russ said and you've got it. Main thing is to use half bars or easy to finger inversions and you can add hammers and pulls, slides etc to make it interesting.

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    13th suspended chord

    Quote Originally Posted by forgottenking2
    13sus all the way! It is a funky chord and believe me I did not watch that movie.

    -Jorge
    Can you spell out the exact notes that you use for the 13th suspended chord? Thanx.
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    ...R ,4,b7,9,13.

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    I think Jorge meant (1), 4, 7, 13.
    Zadd9 -> A6 -> T#9b5 -> Zmaj7

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