Join Jared Meeker for an in-depth discussion in this video Acoustic funk strumming, part of Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Intermediate.
- Now for acoustic funk strumming.…So one of the things…that you constantly will hear…with players like Dave Matthews,…Ani DiFranco, Michael Hedges,…is this really heavy 16th note rhythm.…So first of all, let's just try to get…our 16th note strumming happening,…just going to go down up, down up, down up, down up,…down up, down up.…You can sort of accent each down beat for right now,…and just make sure you line this up with your foot.…You're going to basically go one E and a two E and a,…so your foot is still going down and up…on the down beat and the ands,…but you're just playing the E and the a…with an upstroke in between each one, alright?…So let's try this.…
Here we go, just a steady stream of 16th notes.…One, two, three, four.…(guitar strumming)…Now let's work on some left hand muting.…There's a lot of this kind of stuff you'll hear with guitar.…It's often called scratching,…and that's where you just dampen down the strings…with your left hand very lightly…so that it makes this very percussive…kind of sound on the guitar like...…
- Flatpicking arpeggios
- Tuning with harmonics
- Bending strings and vibrato
- Creating a monster funk groove
- Blurring the line between rhythm and lead
- Mapping the fretboard in boxes
- Getting creative with open strings
Skill Level Intermediate
1. New Colors and Textures
2. New Grooves and Styles
3. Pentatonic Possibilities
4. Mapping the Fretboard in Boxes
6. Introducing Alternate Tunings
Conclusion and credits2m 22s
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