How to play funk guitar in the style of John Frusciante, Cory Wong, Melanie Faye and more

Cory Wong, John Frusciante, Melanie Faye
(Image credit: Olly Curtis / Jonathan Weiner / Future; Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Although funk can be traced back to the early days of James Brown, like all styles, it has evolved a lot over the past 60 years. With an increasing body of great rhythm guitar players on the live circuit as well as well as online, there’s never been a greater abundance of talent and innovation, that’s constantly pushing stylistic boundaries. 

Within this evolution, funk has crossed over into other styles such as RnB, neo-soul, fusion, gospel, and many more guitarists are becoming switched on to the beauty of using a clean sound and really working on rhythm and harmony.

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