AE: Funk & Funk Rock

Area of Expertise : Funk & Funk Rock

Funky patterns are played straight, introduce a lot more sixteenth notes, have a lot of syncopation and often introduce ‘scratch’ strumming. To earn your AE Funk & Funk Rock patch demonstrate four of the strums on this page (at least one from each group). At least one strum should be demonstrated in the context of a song. The other three patterns may be demonstrated with a chord progression of your choice. You may also demonstrate all four strums in the context of one song. Demonstrated strums should keep a consitent beat with no noticeable pauses between chords. Please refer to the strumming shorthand guide for any unfamiliar symbols.

Funk Rock

ΠVΠV Π ΠV –VΠV ΠVΠV
Π Π Π––V ΠVΠ– Π––V || Π Π Π––V ΠVΠ– ΠV––
Π Π Π–ΠV ΠVΠ– Π–ΠV || ΠVΠ– Π–ΠV –V–V ΠVΠV
Π Π ΠV–V Π Π ΠV–V || Π Π ΠV–V ΠV–– ΠV––
Π – Π – ΠVΠ– Π–ΠV –VΠ–
Π–ΠV Π–ΠV Π–ΠV ΠV––
ΠV–– ––ΠV – – – –
– V ΠVΠV –VΘ– – – || ΠVΠV –V–V Π – – –
ΠVΠV Π–ΠV –VΠ– – –
ΠVΠV Π–ΠV –VΠ– ΠVΠV

Slow Funk Rock

ΠVΠV Θ––V –V–V Π––V
Π–ΠV Π–ΠV –VΠ– –VΠV
ΠV–V Π V – V ΠVΠ–

Funk Scratching Patterns

/Π––V Πxxx Πxxx ΠVxx
ΠVΠV xxxx ΠVΠV xxxx (James Brown)
ΠxxV xxxx ΠxxV xxxx
ΠxxV xxΠx xVxx Πxxx (straight or swung)
ΠxxV xxΠx ΠxxV xxΠx
ΠxΠx xVxV xxxx xVxx
ΠxxV xxΠV xVxx ΠVxx
ΠVxV xxΠV xVxx ΠVxx
ΠVΠV xVxV xxxV ΠVxx
xxΠx Πxxx ΠVxV xxΠV