Moonburn Funk Tutorial
In this lesson we will explore Jon’s composition “Moonburn” and arrange the tune in the key of C. When playing this tune, we play the piano in the same way that we would play a clavinet in a funk band.
The triplets in the arrangement creates a motif that resembles the role of the drummer in a funk band. This is an important aspect of the groove.
An interesting harmonic point is that the descending chords in the bridge all contain the note ‘C’ in the voicings:
- C7sus4 / C7 / Bb7sus4 / Am7b5 / Ab13 / G7sus4 / Gb7#11 / F7
Study the associated download for the breakdown of the exact voicings used.
Moonburn Funk Arrangement File Type: pdf
Moonburn Bridge Harmony File Type: pdf
MoonBurn – Audio File File Type: mp3
MoonBurn – Midi File File Type: midi
The percussive style of the left hand is an essential element of the funk groove.
Emulate Jon's accents and articulation to achieve the funky vibe.
The full arrangement can be found in the download section above along with a breakdown of the voicings used in the bridge.