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How to Slap in Funk in Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn how to slap in funk from guitarist Adam Smale in this online fingerstyle guitar lesson from Howcast.


So I'm going to show you how to play funk almost like you would on bass, using your thumb. So a bass player would thump with their thumb like this so you got it, almost like you're out to hitchhike, and you're going rotate your thumb towards the string, like that. So I'm taking my thumb pick off and I'm hitting the string right on top of a fret. You want to hit that large knuckle right on top of the fret. And I'm playing the open E string. I'm plucking the D string open, nice and hard with my first finger that's curled around, lifting it, really lifting it up hard. And I'm hammering on with my first finger. And then I'm moving up to the fifth position with my first finger at the fifth fret, playing the D note, hammering on to the E. And to finish it off, I'm going G on the fourth string with my first finger back to the E with my third finger. And you put it all together.

[playing guitar]

Now there's lots of other little tiny things in between what I explained to you already that you're probably hearing that I'm just kind of doing naturally that I can't really show you that you'll probably end up doing too once you really get into this style. And it's very personal so I can't really show you that. It's just something that I'm feeling and I can't really explain it to you. But have another listen and I'll play this out and you can try it at home.

[playing guitar]

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