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Guitar 1 plays a consistent, funky riff throughout the whole tune. It's based off of 2 chords, and loops around every 4 bars. Most funk voicings utilize the highest 4 strings (D, G, B, and E strings), and the Bbm7 chord is no exception here.

Play the riff aggressively with lots of power. It gives off much excitement and literally leaps out of the speakers. To achieve this, I recommend using all downstrokes to keep the strums consistent and more powerful.

The rhythm is 8th note strums, with some muted chix in between. The chix are another funk hallmark, adding a percussive element and slotting right into the groove. Notice how the chord change is an anticipation, which means it happens on the and-of-4.

As in most funk songs, the guitar plays a simple repeated part that serves the purpose of adding to the overall groove. Notice how the bass acts like a lead instrument here, playing sparse melodies in the verses, then switching to a much busier part in the choruses, building the arrangement.
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