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
I Second That Emotion
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Put It Where You Want It
The Crusaders featuring Larry Carlton
The Crusaders featuring Larry Carlton funk & soul Mike Olekshy
That's the Way I Like It
KC and the Sunshine Band
KC and the Sunshine Band funk & soul Mike Olekshy
I'll Take You There
Staples Singers
Staples Singers funk & soul Mike Olekshy
War funk & soul Joel Van Dijk
Bobby Womack funk & soul Douglas Showalter
It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Sweet Thing
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Have You Seen Her
The Chi-Lites
The Chi-Lites funk & soul Henrik Linde
Cool Jerk
The Capitols
The Capitols funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Perfect World
Marcella Detroit
Marcella Detroit funk & soul Mike Olekshy
I Wanna Testify
Parliament
Parliament funk & soul Douglas Showalter
Ooo Baby Baby
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles funk & soul Mike Olekshy
Skin Trade
Duran Duran
Duran Duran funk & soul Mike Olekshy