Jazz-Funk Fusion

Jazz-funk style is extremely guitar orientated music that places a lot of weight upon jazz theory. This style of Funk can offer sensitive dynamics along with unique applications of dominant and minor-mode harmony.

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There are many different approaches taken when composing in the jazz-funk style. The Jazz-Funk playing style of someone like Jeff Beck compared to perhaps Larry Carlton, are certainly very different. Jeff Beck has that obvious gutsy blues-orientated attitude, and Larry Carlton has that smooth - jazzy influence. However, overall they are both certainly masters of the jazzy-funk blend, and of composing modal melodies with very well-conceived overdubbed guitar layering. So, in discussing the overall composing approach of this guitar style we'll need to look at a number of elements such as; the dedicated Mixolydian mode use, the funky and driving rhythmic phrasing, as well as, important songwriting concepts... such as; the general form of these types of song arrangements, as well as, the guitar's application from; dynamics and techniques, to song sections that are left open for improvisation. In the video I begin with some chart analysis to discuss the common; Form, Layout and Harmonies of a typical jazz-funk piece. Then, I zoom in on the guitar neck where I'll run through several examples unique to this style on the fretboard. Watch the video to learn more...
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Head over to My Website and download the free PDF handout with all of the examples in TAB, as well as, free MP3 Jam-Tracks for this lesson.

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    One Jazz-Funk Fusion guitarist I admire is Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer. He've always had an excellent sound.