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light487
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01/16/2009 8:01 pm
The best way to explain what I am talking about is to reference some music so you can hear the style I am interested in. I have always been more into funky rhythm playing than solo guitar and on this youtube video you will hear the funky guitar lick right at the start.. he starts playing it at around 0:12 and it just continues throughout the whole piece. I'm sure there's more to it than just the notes.. there's also the tone he has.. a really twangy sound and possibly a bit of delay? I don't know.. which is why I am asking for any tips or pointers on getting a groove of my own.

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE

Feel free to post general comments about the song in general too :p This is a classic! :)
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01/17/2009 9:54 pm
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder is indeed an awesome, classic pop tune. :)

The sound you are hearing in the main riff does have some clean guitar in it. But what gives that lick it's signature timbre is Stevie's use of the clavinet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition_(song)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clavinet

I've played that tune at least 1,000 times. Lots of fun. :) I usually just use a clean Fender guitar and amp type tone with the out-of-phase position combining the bridge and middle pickups. Kick in the wah and find a place to leave it set; don't rock it back and forth. Although, I have done that too and it sounds pretty neat for a variation on one of the verses.

That should get you a close approximation. Hope this helps.
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01/18/2009 1:35 am
Ohhh.. so it's not actually the guitar doing that part.. I see! :) It's a keyboard that is kind of based on guitar sounds.. :) Thanks for that, now I can stop trying to achieve "that" part of the sound.. :)

Found this site with lots of Clavinet videos :)

http://www.clavinet.de/en/vids.html
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01/18/2009 2:41 pm
Originally Posted by: light487The best way to explain what I am talking about is to reference some music so you can hear the style I am interested in. I have always been more into funky rhythm playing than solo guitar and on this youtube video you will hear the funky guitar lick right at the start.. he starts playing it at around 0:12 and it just continues throughout the whole piece. I'm sure there's more to it than just the notes.. there's also the tone he has.. a really twangy sound and possibly a bit of delay? I don't know.. which is why I am asking for any tips or pointers on getting a groove of my own.

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE

Feel free to post general comments about the song in general too :p This is a classic! :)


A couple of songs I like to 'groove' on are ZZ Top's 'Just Got Paid', Rare Earth's 'Celebrate' and PFunk's 'Give Up the Funk' (ok, it's more of a bass groove but still...). I just love those kind of riffs that kind of rotate throughout a songs that, like coming out of a chorus, that grooving riff resolves the end of the chorus. It just has that swing to it.
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