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Bluesy Funk Soul – Jam Track in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul jam track in Gm. It fits the funky guitar solo I posted earlier. I remixed & remasterd the track to give you a lot of space to improvise! Download this free chart of the G Dorian mode if you’re unsure what notes to play:

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Funk 'stabs'

Funk tracks are great to learn and improve your rhythmic timing. Try to play these ‘stabs’ (=short, dramatically emphasized notes) at the right time. This part of this bluesy funk-soul track is inspired by 70s TV themes like ‘Shaft’.

About The Track

When we look at the harmony of this track, it is a 12/24 bar blues, with a minor I chord. This brings a Dorian flavor to the track (G Dorian).  

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Bluesy Funk Soul Guitar Solo in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul guitar solo in Gm, called ‘Look Ahead’. Tabs here:

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About the track

This track is inspired by groovy funk soul tracks from the seventies (for instance: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Temptations, Albert King, and TV themes like Shaft). I highly recommend to listen to these artists to find inspiration for your own, groovy funk soul guitar solo! The chords in my track follow a basic 12 bar blues with a minor 1 chord (G minor), which adds a Dorian flavor to the track, well suited for a funk track! 

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Classic blues response lick

I really love how blues musicians use call-and-response style licks. One of my favorite, classic ‘response’ style licks is this blues lick in G minor pentatonic. Play it with energy and emotion! In this funk soul guitar solo, I play it around 1:48 (in the video), when the Hammond organ crescendoes to transition to the IV chord.

Gear for this funk soul guitar solo:

I really enjoyed producing this track, although programming a VST instruments ‘groove’ is quite the challenge. There is a great book on how the great James Brown rhythm sections constructed their grooves and how it evolved through the decades, so this was a huge inspiration to write this track and funk soul guitar solo.

Here is all the gear I used:

  • Guitars: Gibson ES-335 (lead), Suhr Modern Pro (rhythm) 
  • Amp: Fractal AX-8, with an Autowah preset.
  • Effects: Eventide Spring, Soundtoys Phaser Mistress (only in part B)
  • Virtual instruments: -Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian -Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5 -Keys: XLN Addictive Keys Mark One, Arturia B-3 V2 -Brass: East-West Hollywood Pop Brass, -Violins: East-West Hollywood Strings
  • Extra loops Loopcloud.com
Do like the 80s more than the 70s?

Check out my 80s TV-theme guitar solo here.

Dreamy Melodic Guitar Solo in A minor

Enjoy this dreamy, melodic guitar solo in A minor! A dynamic solo and track that builds in intensity and groove! 

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Guitar Finger Tapping Lick

When it comes to the art of finger tapping, I consider myself a beginner, but I’m always up for a challenge! This melodic tapping lick is an achievable lick in A minor, played over a G-chord (bar 56) to Am (bar 57). The lick uses the open G-string and a rhythm that speeds up throughout bar 56: first sixteenth notes (beats 1), then sixteenth note sextuplets (beats 2 & 3), then 32nd notes (beat 4).

About This Track

This melodic guitar solo is called ‘Lost In Thought‘, as it is inspired by how the mind races, brings us ideas, and ponders about possibilities. This track is primarily a 3-chord groove (Am7, Em7, Fmaj7) that builds in intensity and groove during the track. I play the intro with my Gibson ES-335 (with effects from the eventide H9 and the XLN Retro Color). While the groove builds, the solo starts with long notes that follow the chords. Part B is a short break, where I switch to the bridge pickup and add a fuzz (Fractal Audio Systems AX-8). This was also the only good place to reverse the tremolo bar on my guitar, for an effect that would follow later. Part C is the climax of the track and builds further on the chords of the intro and part A. After a fancy tapping lick ;-), Part D serves as a post-chorus where the strings bring the track home. Part E is a short outro with piano and erhu, a beautiful sound.

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More Melodic Guitar Solos
Another Dreamy Guitar Solo

Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
  • Backing Track
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    More Shuffles
    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style