Published by: Harrison Music Education Systems, P.O. Box 5068, West Hills, CA 91308, USA

Publication date: 07/01/12

Copyright: ©2012 Mark Harrison

ISBN Number: 9781623095062

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Section One – Creating Eighth-Note Triad Patterns

Section Two – Using Eighth-Note Triad Patterns for Funk Comping

Section Three - Creating Eighth-Note Pentatonic Patterns

Section Four - Using Eighth-Note Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping

Section Five - Creating Sixteenth-Note Triad Patterns

Section Six - Using Sixteenth-Note Triad Patterns for Funk Comping

Section Seven - Creating Sixteenth-Note Pentatonic Patterns

Section Eight - Using Sixteenth-Note Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping

Section Nine - Combining Triad and Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping

Further Reading


Welcome to Funk Keyboard For Beginners. This book will start you on the road to playing authentic funk keyboard, even if you are a complete beginner. You’ll get started right away by learning some essential funky grooves to use on your first (or next) R&B/funk keyboard gig!

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Section One – Creating Eighth-Note Triad Patterns

Most funk grooves are based on either eighth-note or sixteenth-note rhythmic subdivisions. An eighth note divides the beat in half, and the sixteenth note divides the beat into four quarters. We’ll get started here with some the easier eighth-note rhythms. Let’s jump right into our first eighth-note funk comping pattern using right hand triads:

Example 1