FAQ: How To Play Sweet Baby James On Guitar?

What makes a chord funky?

A basic funk chord is Em9 played on the top 4 strings. It is very easy to play(just barre across those strings), is movable, and sounds nice, easy to get the funky sound because you can mute the strings easy(just lift up your finger). Funk is more about style then specific chords.

What is the James Brown chord?

This chord (Solid dots only) is an E9 shape that appears in many of James Brown’s songs. It is often played with a fast funky rhythm pattern. Sliding into the E9 and then cycling between the E9 and E13 is the key to the sound on JB’s classic track “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.

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