During the early part of 2015, no song may have been bigger than Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. The song is a throwback to the early 80’s funk scene and features guitar riffs similar to Prince and other artists from the era. In the video below, Andy Crowley will walk you through the collection of small guitar parts that combine to create this dance classic. You can check out our funk lessons for more on playing rhythm. If you’re looking for an easier interpretation of Uptown Funk that you can sing along with, try out the Guitar Goddess’ lesson.
On a more chill note, Cornell Dupree was a R&B session guitarist who played with Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, and Joe Cocker among others. His Hot Licks Video has been lingering in VHS purgatory until recently appearing on Youtube. This 56 minute video features a casual seminar teaching style (especially since the printed tab is not available to you). However, watching through the whole video and carefully studying specific sections should unlock a ton of ideas for you to try. There are some great hybrid picking ideas, double stop licks, and general advice in this lesson.
Our own new free lesson features Jody Worrell teaching you a Robert Cray Style Lick. This is an upbeat and expressive lick that features some exact techniques to create it’s tone. Learn the lick using the on-screen tab and then trade it back and forth with Jody against the jam track. If you like it, learn an entire Cray style solo and more with our Master of Blues lesson package.