What makes a Funk guitarist? You’ll rarely hear a Funk guitarist take a big solo. They complement the rhythm. Funk is all about the groove, keeping it tight and on The One. Great Funk guitarists follow the rhythm, and then find their spaces in which they can shine, dancing on top of the groove. They give funky personality to the all-mighty groove.
So what is this One?
“The One,” in James Brown lore, is the source of that which makes funk funky, and everybody knows by now that James Brown more or less made funk a world unto itself. Specifically it’s the first beat in a measure, but “the one” is not so much a musicological place as it is a spiritual place, as the navigation of that beat is invested with age-old rhythms and nuances that end up propelling the rest of everything else… — according to Mark Reynolds in