Intro & Verse 1

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The introduction and the first verse of Freddy kings funny Bell goes like this. The main lyric of the song and the hardest part of the song is this bass riff that he plays at the beginning and then again later in the song. The way he starts it out, the easiest way I think to teach you this is just go through it real slowly. It's going to start out with I'm using my second finger on the second fret of the fourth string I'm going to do to pull off so I'm picking the note as I have it threaded and then pulling off Know that he's gonna wind up on he does that twice, and then he winds up on the second fret of the fifth string. So this first lick goes like like this. And then the second time he plays it, he's gonna pause on that note.

And you'll hear it, the timing of the whole thing goes like this. So that part of it is kind of tricky, but he's just doing these a little louder. That he's going to get the open sixth string in there. So that whole first lick of the song goes like this. Practice that listen to the original recording. And get that down.

So that's all he's doing. He's just using those three or four notes plus the open six string there. Then he's playing this chord which is it Seven. And it sounds unusual because he's not playing the first string. He's really just playing the second and the third strings. And what I'm doing with my left hand is I've got my e seven shape with my pinky on the third fret of the second string.

And then I'm using an upstroke. I'm using the flat pick, I'm sure Freddie King did this with this first finger picking up. And it's very choppy. I'm using my right hand to mute the strings a little bit. And what I'm doing really is just upstroke in the second and the third strengths. So the whole first part of funnybone goes like this.

Then he repeats that again. And then before he goes to the end, he's gonna do this little face. What I'm doing here is an open six bending down three times on the third fret of the sixth string. Then when I release, I'm really going into an a seventh shape. So here's my my left hand making it a seventh chord. I'm getting the open fifth string, but I'm also getting the second fret of the fourth string.

And you get that double string sound to string sound. So the whole first part of Freddy kings funnybone, goes like this. And then right here, he's gonna do the same kind of upstroke with the a seventh chord. Getting mostly the first and second strings, maybe a little bit of a third strike. Then he's gonna go back to this Same thing. Now when it gets ready to go to the B seven, or the five, he's going to do this little approach on the bass strings.

He does this three different ways throughout the song. This is the first way, he does this here, and then he does it again toward the end of the song. So he's gonna go like this to get into the second fret of the fifth string, and that's where we're going to put down our B seven. We're going to make that chord shape, we're not actually going to strum the chord, we're going to pick it so that whole little bass strong goes like this. One more time. That he's going to put down the chord and play this.

Now what I'm doing is using my right hand to mute a little bit, the first, second and third strings. I'm picking the second string with that chord shape. Then I'm gonna get the third string and then the first string But each time I do this, so it's second third first, I'm actually getting some of the other strings in there too. you'll, you'll hear this if you listen to the original recording, so we got this then he's gonna go another little bass run open sixth string, third fret of the sixth string. Again that a seventh shape. He's gonna upstroke twice on the a seventh, like that.

So let's do the whole thing from the B seven. Then the wrap it up, he's gonna go to the third fret of the sixth string, open fifth string, open sixth string. Back to our east seventh court. Let me play the whole first verse, introduction and first verse of funnybone. One more time to play real slow. And here we go.

There we have the introduction and the first verse.

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