Funk Rhythm Guitar Lesson Pt.1 – John Frusciante

This guitar lesson covers the basics of funk rhythm guitar. This style of guitar has been popularized by such players as John Frusciante. The basic rhythmic subdivision for funk is the 16th note. Within this video I will show you how to practice various rhythms so you can really feel where every sixteenth note lies within the beat.

After a while of practicing these rhythmic patterns and the ones still to come, you will start to just feel the rhythm and fully understand how funk rhythm guitar parts are created.

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Funk Rhythm Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - John Frusciante


  1. Michael Baltes on February 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    What’s the advantage of barring the Cm at the 11th fret with the ring finger? Seems it would be easier to do with second finger. No? Great lesson though! Mike

    • Carl Brown on February 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      I would say a majority of players prefer to use their ring finger to bar a chord shape like that since it is easier for them to lay the ring finger on its side a bit making the bar easier. To bar with the middle finger you would most likely have to collapse your tip knuckle joint (at least I do) and that is a lot more uncomfortable. Having said that, everyone’s hands are different and if that fingering feels better to you than by all means use it. 🙂

      Thanks!! Carl..

  2. tanim huq on July 13, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Hey Carl.. Its says Part one. You have nay plan continuing this funk lesson.. Thanx..

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