Funk Songs

Though not without heavy roots in blues and jazz, modern funk music is known more for rhythmic repetitiveness and less for melodic sequencing.

Stylistically, funk guitar follows the same regimen. Heavy rhythms that repeat the same chord and/or note for multiple measures are extremely typical and often mean that the electric guitar becomes more exclusively a rhythm-focused instrument.

In many cases, electric bass and drums are in the foreground of tracks, while the electric guitar takes more of a background role.

While many excellent funk guitarists have flown under the radar of mainstream music, a few names you might recognize would be James Brown, Prince, Mark Ronson and John Frusciante, all of whom would fall under the funk category.

Funk Songs

info title artist style difficulty instructor
Otis Redding funk & soul Lee Wanner
The Jackson 5 funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
The Capitols funk & soul Mike Olekshy
The Commodores funk & soul Andy Gurley
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Mike Olekshy
The Rolling Stones funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
Etta James funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
Dusty Springfield funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Staples Singers funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Al Green funk & soul Mike Olekshy
The Four Tops funk & soul Sharon Aguilar
Earth, Wind, and Fire funk & soul Kenny Echizen
Rick James funk & soul Andy Gurley
The Meters funk & soul Anders Mouridsen
Maroon 5 funk & soul Henrik Linde
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Douglas Showalter
War funk & soul Douglas Showalter
KC and the Sunshine Band funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Eddie Floyd funk & soul Tom Finch
Junior Walker and the All Stars funk & soul Anders Mouridsen