Funk Keyboard for Beginners by Mark Harrison by Mark Harrison - Read Online



This is the definitive guide to playing funk keyboard for beginners, by the world-renowned author and educator Mark Harrison. You'll get started right away, learning some essential funky grooves to use on your first (or next) R&B/funk keyboard gig! The material is organized and explained in the clearest possible way, and all of the twenty-two music examples are very authentic and fun to play. All fingerings for the music examples are also provided.

Once you have purchased this book, you can then email us to receive a FREE download of mp3 recordings and pdf versions for all of the music examples in the book. Most of the recordings include play-along tracks with a rhythm section, so you can have fun jamming along with the band!

Here is an overview of the sections contained in this book:
Section One - Creating Eighth-Note Triad Patterns
Section Two – Using Eighth-Note Triad Patterns for Funk Comping
Section Three - Creating Eighth-Note Pentatonic Patterns
Section Four - Using Eighth-Note Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping
Section Five - Creating Sixteenth-Note Triad Patterns
Section Six - Using Sixteenth-Note Triad Patterns for Funk Comping
Section Seven - Creating Sixteenth-Note Pentatonic Patterns
Section Eight - Using Sixteenth-Note Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping
Section Nine - Combining Triad and Pentatonic Patterns for Funk Comping

Mark Harrison is one of the highest-rated contemporary music educators and authors in the world today. His instruction books are endorsed by Keyboard Magazine, Jazz Times, and Performing Musician Magazine, and are used at numerous music colleges and universities. Mark's books have helped many thousands of musicians in over twenty countries worldwide.
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Welcome to Funk Keyboard For Beginners. This book will start you on the road to playing authentic funk keyboard, even if you are a complete beginner. You’ll get started right away by learning some essential funky grooves to use on your first (or next) R&B/funk keyboard gig!

Please email us at with Funk Keyboard For Beginners in the subject, to receive your FREE mp3 audio recordings of all the music examples in this book! Most of the audio recordings feature a rhythm section on the left channel, and the piano on the right channel. To play along with the band, turn down the right channel to eliminate the recorded piano. To hear the piano part for reference, turn down the left channel to eliminate the rhythm section.

Along with your free mp3s, you will also receive free pdf versions of all the music notation examples. So if your e-reader does not display the notation examples clearly enough, you can use the pdf versions as a convenient alternative.

Section One – Creating Eighth-Note Triad Patterns

Most funk grooves are based on either eighth-note or sixteenth-note rhythmic subdivisions. An eighth note divides the beat in half, and the sixteenth note divides the beat into four quarters. We’ll get started here with some the easier eighth-note rhythms. Let’s jump right into our first eighth-note funk comping pattern using right hand triads:

Example 1