Funk chords

You probably know how funk sounds, if not listen to artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield to get a sense of it. These are all example of funk combined with soul. It could also be combined with blues (Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Johnny Lang are two names among many).

Funk chords – starter pack


  • 9th funk chord diagram


  • 13th funk chord diagram


  • 7th funk chord diagram


  • m7 funk chord diagram


These chords are all alternatives of more standard ways to play 9th, 13th, 7th and minor 7th chords. But, these versions will give a more funkier sound to them.

The chord diagrams above lacks indication of which tone it is and only presenting the chord shape. Since these chords are moveable you can use them for all tones and if you are unsure of fret positions you can use the following list:

B9: XXX222
C9: XXX333
D9: XXX555
E9: XXX777
F9: XXX888
G9: XXX10 10 10

Chord progressions

One easy way to get started and get some funky sound from your guitar is just to shift between a 9th and a 13th chord. It's easy, only one finger need to be moved.