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Help with tab for this "Instant Funk" song

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by DodgeSpiritRT, Apr 26, 2018.


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  1. DodgeSpiritRT

    DodgeSpiritRT

    Feb 18, 2017
    This is out of my skill level but I always liked this song from the 70s. I'm watching this guy play it - very, very well - to figure out the tab.
    It appears he's playing a scale, but he's going too fast for me to figure it out. Can anyone help with just the first few lines of the song - particularly the chorus? The - "I got my mind made up - come on you can get it - get it girl..." groove part Thanks for any help offered!
    Mike
     
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  2. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    Philly
    Slow it down to half speed on youtube. Looks like
    Some
    Sort of pentatonice groove in Bb I think?
     
  3. DodgeSpiritRT

    DodgeSpiritRT

    Feb 18, 2017
    Ok I didn't know I could do that on youtube.
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Here's a basic 4-bar groove thing to try...sorry for the primitive method.

    Rhythm:
    |1__a__&a-&_e--|1__a__&a-&_e--|

    |1__a___a3_&_----|1__a___a3_&__&_|

    Notes (Upper case = E-string; lower case = octaves on the D-string):
    |F__GG__ff-Bb_C--|F__G__ff-Bb_C--|

    |F__G___fg_G_---|F__G___fg_G___g_|

    A suggestion for this kinda Funk-
    Think subdivisions.
    C-O-U-N-T.
    Internalize |1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a|

    Hopefully, you will be able to stick a Note or a Rest anywhere in the bar you want.
    It's a life-long practice, too.
     
  5. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    There are several websites and apps that can be helpful when trying to figure out fast riffs.

    First, a number of sites will convert youtube videos to mp3 files and allow you to download them.

    Second, apps like Audacity will allow you to slowdown playback without changing the pitch. It's how I've figured out a number of songs.
     
  6. DodgeSpiritRT

    DodgeSpiritRT

    Feb 18, 2017
    Thanks Bob. I never heard of "audacity" I'll hafta try it out.
    Thanks!
     
  7. DodgeSpiritRT

    DodgeSpiritRT

    Feb 18, 2017
    This is a big help! Thanks JimK
     

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