This week it’s “Pick up the Pieces” by The Average White Band (clicky for YouTube Video-y). This is a classic funk tune and one of the biggest hits for AWB along with “Cut The Cake.” You’ll definitely need to download the PDF chart here in order to play along with the song and video.
There is a lot of material to cover on this tune. I’ve done my best to break down each section in depth and delivered each of the two guitar parts on one PDF chart. Guitar 1 is on the top staff and Guitar 2 in on the bottom staff. By combining the video, recording of the song, and the chart it’s not necessary that you be able to read music, but I have written everything out fairly completely. It’s good to get used to seeing this written out this way. Funk rhythms are fairly unique to the genre and can be a little intimidating at first. So download the chart, get a copy of the tune, dig in and have some fun!
In the video I cover all the chord voicings, lines, and muting information you’ll need to learn the tune from start to finish. You will need to download the PDF chart of the tune in order to play along and see exactly what I’m talking about.
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