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James Brown – Sex Machine

Sex Machine

The godfather of soul himself. A man of many genres but when it comes to funk, he was on another level. Let’s learn to play Sex Machine on the ukulele.
 
What makes this an interesting song to play is its intricate strumming pattern. Its one of them that takes a while to get the hang of. Once you do tho, the groove will stick with you for future songs.

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

For this song, we are going to be using the nail side of our first finger for all the strumming.
 
The chords themselves are really simple and most of them just use one finger. We are starting on the 6th fret and barring the bottom three strings. Give that seven down strums then bring that finger up to the 12th fret. If you are using a soprano uke and you struggle to get to the 12th. You can do another 6th strum and then slide down.
 
From this point, the only down-strum is first muted chord. A muted chord is placed your fingers across the strings without actually fretting them. They are the (x) notes on the tab. All the other chords are up strums.
A |-6-6-6-6-6-6-6---12/0--|
E |-6-6-6-6-6-6-6---12/0--|
C |-6-6-6-6-6-6-6---12/0--|
G |-----------------------|

A |-x--1-1--3--1--|-x--1-1--3--1--|
E |-x--1-1--1--1--|-x--1-1--1--1--|
C |-x--1-1--1--1--|-x--1-1--1--1--|
G |---------------|---------------|

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