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16TH-NOTE STRUM­MING

From Jimmy Nolen’s chicken scratch­ing to Prince’s slick pop-rock rhythms, 16th-note strum­ming is a key funk tech­nique. Strum down-up­down-up and count ‘1 e & a’ to keep time.

SIN­GLE-NOTE POP­PING

Sparse sound­ing sin­gle-note riffs are com­mon in funk, help­ing knit the groove to­gether. Try pick­ing hard enough that the string snaps back onto the frets. A com­pres­sor pedal helps those notes pop!

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