At the Creative Guitar School in Sydney we offer a selection of courses and masterclasses geared towards the achievement of your personal goals as a musician or artist.
Funk Guitar Lessons
If you love to play groove and rhythm on the guitar and would like to know how James Brown, Prince or John Scofield create those grooves then this is the course for you.
The guitar in a band can play the melody or accompany it. When we accompany a melody we give it support for such to convey meaning to the audience. In the accompaniment, we define the groove and harmony of the song. In other words we reinforce the melody and give it a purpose by creating a rhythmic and harmonic support.
Learn to make melodies with chords
In my guitar classes in Sydney, students learn how to play the chord, or series of chords, of a song as a very identifiable guitar accompaniment. Students will learn to create a secondary melody, a background melody that we play while the main melody of the song is played.
I will provide you with rhythmic and chordal tools to create your own spectacular grooves on the guitar. Together we will expand your chord knowledge and construct original rhythm guitar grooves using major triads, minor triads and all types of 7th chords.
The background line
This background melodic line, the groove, will sound good on its own, it will define the harmony and also the groove of the song, but it will not overpower the melody. Students will learn to define a harmonic progression by melodies and also, at a later stage, learn how to harmonise this accompaniment if needed with diatonic triads, 7th chords and other chords that help create movement or cadence towards the strong parts of the created background line.
In our funk guitar lessons and course you will learn how to effectively use tension, muted rhythms, repetition, and chordal licks (hammer-on/pull off) to your advantage.
You will learn how to effectively use syncopation, triplets and diatonic harmony in this process of creating grooves.
The rhythmic foundation you build in this course will help further your improvisational abilities in all group settings, as well as strengthen your solo playing.
By the end of the funk guitar lessons 10 week course you will be able to create melodic and harmonic grooves in relation to established chords.
Funk course specifics
- You will learn to play in 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 12/8, 5/4, and 7/4 time signatures.
- You will learn to add tension and release to your grooves.
- Your will learn specific left and right hand techniques to enhance you rhythmic capabilities.
- You will learn to incorporate effects as compression, wah wah, and delay to stimulate your rhythmic creativity.
We will analyse: James Brown, Cream, Miles Davies, Prince, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield:
- Chords : Open and closed position major minor triads , major , minor 7th chords and added tensions.
- Creating grooves with movable chords.
- Creating grooves with dominant 7 chords.
- Creating grooves with left and right hand muted rhythms
- Creating grooves combining chords, chordal substitutions, triads.
- Melodic and rhythmic variation with sixteenth note rhythms.
- Melodic and rhythmic variation with triplet note rhythms.
- Defining chords through melody and using this melody to create grooves in high and low registers.
This background melodic line will sound good on its own, it will define the harmony and also the groove of the song, but it will not overpower the melody. Students will learn to define a harmonic progression by melodies and also, at a later stage, learn how to harmonise this accompaniment if needed with diatonic triads, 7th chords and other chords that help create movement or cadence towards the strong parts of the created background line.