Single String Funky Motown Riffs

How to plan funky single-string riffs on guitar.

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This time we'll be running through how to build single-string funky Motown riffs.

These single-note scale riffs are definitely a big part of playing funk guitar, and they can also integrate quite nicely against the performance of those classic small funky chord shots played in and around all kinds of funk riff ideas.

In this lesson, we'll be looking at how to plan these funky single-string riffs on the guitar fingerboard. And how some of the guitar techniques involved with performing them will play a role with getting the right type of sound for the style of funk. Plus, we'll look at how you can pre-set the pick-ups of your guitar to get a good quality tone for performing in this style of music. Enjoy the lesson!

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About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School, Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions. You can learn more at his official website.

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    i cant tell you how much these videos by Andrew Wasson have helped me learn guitar. i got myself as far as i could alone over the last few years but these lessons are awesome. its like having a great guitar instructor right there with you to introduce you to new styles that would be impossible to just pick up alone at that speed. plus Andrew seems like the coolest guy. i really enjoy the way he teaches guitar. thank you Andrew!
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