Fistfuls of Funk

The best guitar players take inspiration not only from other guitarists, but other instrumentalists such as clavinet, bass, trumpet, and saxophone players—sometimes all at the same time, as in this example. Inspired by Stevie Wonder’s funk classic “I Wish,” these four bars of one-person-band stunt guitar will have you approximating the song’s semi-staccato bass/clavinet line in the low (down-stemmed) voice, and the horns in the upper part. For reading ease, the example is written in cut time (the quarter-notes should feel like eighths). Play the swingin’ groove fingerstyle, or pick the bass part and pluck the upper part with your middle and ring fingers.