This is a post for my students at the City of Bath College.
With this funk rhythm exercise you will have to think like a drummer playing a 16th note hi-hat pattern. The muted (x) rhythm parts represent the closed hi-hat and the chord stabs represent the open hi-hat. This is also called a “choke” and is often the main guitar part found in New Orleans funk. See funk rhythm example below.
Note: Any chord can be played in this example for the open hi-hat e.g. E9.
Remember to relax your RH (or LH for lefties!) to allow your rhythm flow and groove.
Download the Funk Rhythm sheet with different rhythms to experiment with.