Work a I-IV-V pro­gres­sion with this funk-filled track in the style of the god­fa­ther of soul, James Brown

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This month’s soul­ful back­ing track has a dis­tinctly funky edge and is in the style of The God­fa­ther Of Soul James Brown and Mo­town tracks like Re­spect by Aretha Franklin.

The main sec­tion uses a I-IV-V chord pro­gres­sion (C9-F9-G9) in the key of C, with just one other chord (Dm7) added in to the mix. There’s loads of space on the back­ing track for you to jam some rhythm ideas. Sim­ply fol­low the chord chart across the page. When solo­ing, the C ma­jor pen­ta­tonic or C blues scales work a treat. They are also fairly easy to re­mem­ber and fall un­der the fin­gers nicely. For more ad­vanced licks, you could try the Mixoly­dian mode. Play through the scale shapes and use them as the ba­sis for your own ideas. Lis­ten to soul­ful lead gui­tarists like BB King or John Mayer for in­spi­ra­tion. And, if you need a bit more guid­ance, try out our tabbed lick, which we’ve per­formed over the back­ing track at 0:37.

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