How to Play a Funk Groove on the Piano : Aggressive Riff for Funk Piano

Hi. My name is Jonathon Wilson on behalf of
Expert, and we’re learning how to play an advanced funk groove on the piano.
We’ve gone from the bass line to the right hand coping pattern, to things we can do to
break things up, to a bunch of right hand solo patterns. Now, it’s time to get a little
bit more aggressive. Now we’re going to do some different voicing?s and some different
chords in the right hand. We’re going to kind of, typically, we’ve always been playing these
coping patterns such that they play when the left hand isn’t playing. In this case, we’re
going to intentionally make the right hand and the left hand play together to make it
more aggressive and give it some more beef, in this particular lick. This is a good one.
It’s got a little bit more of a, it’s just a little bit more aggressive, I don’t know
what other word to use for it. I’ve got it written out here. Let’s hear it very slowly
with the metronome, so you hear where we’re headed. Okay? So things to keep in mind with
this, that C-7 with the sharp 9 chord that we’re using with our right hand there is the
E-natural, B-flat and then the E-flat is a great chord. It’s the main chord in Jimi Hendrix’s
Purple Haze. You can really kind of stick that thing. And when you play that thing on
the end of one, it’s a great place to just kind of pop that thing and really kind of
make it stick out. And then when you settle into those parts where the left hand and right
hand are playing together, you know, really let those sit together. We’re so used to this
groove being alternating between left and right hands, when we change to this pattern
where they’re both happening at the same time, you know, you can really emphasize that. You
will also notice that there’s quite a bit of ghosting in this, little interplayed notes
that sort of add some rhythmic texture to this thing. It really isn’t that important
what the notes are. I’ve got some written down here but the idea is to just sort of
roll these rhythms at the end so that you can sort of pop the chords out from time to
time. Emphasize those things. You can put in variations on those, experiment a little
bit. But for now, let’s hear the same pattern with the drums up to full speed. Okay, that’s fun. That’s a great way to take
things up a notch. You probably don’t want to do this first thing in the tune, but once
you’ve kind of built the energy a little bit this a great place to go. Lots of energy and
there’s not much where we can go from here, but that’s where we’re going to go. Next we’re
going to talk about the next notch up, which is to completely change the chord progression
and add some additional bass patterns and things just to take it up one more notch beyond
where we’ve been.