In our second lesson we take a look at the most essential rhythm style in funk playing, the 16th note subdivision. As always, we will back up all the theory and teaching with a cool song to practice your new groove on!
The idea behind 16th note patterns is that you have your same normal bar of time that you would count 4 or 8 in, except now, we squeeze 16 notes into that bar. This is the most common division of strumming in funk music. There are crucial things you need to remember:
Lets learn the 16th note strumming pattern from the example track we will be learning. Make sure you can count and play it at the same time, and keep that strumming arm moving, even when you don’t play the strings.
To really get this strumming pattern nailed, we’ve created an entire track fro you that repeats it all the way through with just the one chord. This is not unlike many 70’s style funk tracks where the other musicians jam over one groove and one chord. Enjoy!
If you would prefer to just dive straight in and play along with the audio tracks, they are here below. If you're really feeling confident, try with the backing track!