EXAMPLE7 NILE RODGERS (FUNK)

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Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | RHYTHM -

Nile Rodgers and his Fen­der Stra­to­caster (nick­named The Hit­maker) have fea­tured on countless top 40 hits from a wide range of artists such as Chic, Madonna, David Bowie and Daft Punk. Our Nile Rodgers jam show­cases his sig­na­ture com­bi­na­tion of funky 16th-note rhythms and posh chords.

[Bars 1-end] There are sev­eral key things that will help you get Nile’s sound. The first is the use of a light-gauge pick which helps to pro­vide a snappy at­tack to the strum­ming. The sec­ond is the neck pickup, which pro­vides a hol­low, funky tone. Ar­guably the most im­por­tant and of­ten over­looked part of the Nile Rodgers style is the way he strums the strings. Nile di­vides the strings up into sec­tions and then strums from bass to tre­ble sets in an al­ter­nat­ing pat­tern. This way he can in­tro­duce even more tex­ture and rhythm into the part. He ex­plains that this di­vi­sion of the chord and strings helps him think like a drum­mer.

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