Funk chords

funk guitarFunk arose as a music style in the 1970s and were originally associated with black music. You probably know how funk music sounds; otherwise, listen to artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince and Curtis Mayfield to get a sense of it. These are all example of funk combined with soul. It could also be combined with blues (Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Johnny Lang are two names among many), or with rock (Red Hot Chile Peppers is a known example).

Funk chords – starter pack


  • 9th funk chord diagram


  • 13th funk chord diagram


  • 7th funk chord diagram


  • m7 funk chord diagram


These chords are all alternatives of more standard ways to play minor, 13th, 7th and minor 7th chords. But, these versions delivers a funkier sound to them.

The chord diagrams above lacks indication of which tone it is and only presenting the chord shape. Since these chords are movable you can use them for all tones and if you are unsure of fret positions you can use the following list:

B9: XXX222
C9: XXX333
D9: XXX555
E9: XXX777
F9: XXX888
G9: XXX10 10 10

These are all voicings which excludes (!) the root note. This is strange for sure, but the easiest way to comprehend this is to look at these chords as fragmented versions of the typical 9th chord, by which B9 are played as X21222.

Chord progressions

One easy way to get started and get some funky sound from your guitar is just to shift between a 9th and a 13th chord. It's easy, only one finger need to be moved.

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