Funk Rhythm

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.

Funk Rhythm Example

Funk Rhythm Example

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.

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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