Uptown Funk Guitar Lesson – Mark Ronson (feat.) Bruno Mars

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This Uptown Funk guitar lesson will show you note-for-note how to play this Mark Ronson hit featuring Bruno Mars. I will be showing you how to play all those funky guitar parts and in addition I will transcribe a lot of the bass lines and keyboard parts for guitar so you can stay busy throughout the entire song. 🙂

The main riff of Uptown Funk is based around a couple of simple chord forms played in a very tight and funky rhythmic style. The muting is just as important as the chords in parts like these so I hope you will really focus on that. You will want to keep a very consistent 16th note strum going on in the right hand and left the left hand muting be responsible for bringing the chords in and out.
During the verse there is a short guitar riff followed by a section that seems to be played on the bass guitar and keyboards. What I will do here is show you the guitar part and the keyboard part so it becomes one cohesive riff. It’s really fun to play too!

The pre-chorus is simply and ascending chromatic scale played on the keys. I will show you how to play that as well.

Along the way there will be a couple of guitar fills that I will demonstrate, but the real star of the show in this lesson is the guitar solo that happens within the song’s breakdown section.

This guitar solo can be quite the challenge to get it completely up to speed. Not only do you need to play guitar chords very high up the fretboard, but you will also need to shift around the fretboard quite rapidly.

Take your time with this solo and learn it phrase-by-phrase like I teach it in the lesson. After you can play each part well on it’s own, you can then attempt to put them all together. It’s a pretty short solo, but is very fun to play once you get it under your fingers!

So I hope you guys enjoy learning this smash hit! It will certainly give most guitar players a nice challenge. 🙂

Carl…
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20 comments

  1. This nigga carl brown

  2. I've watched most of the tutorials for this song and yours is by far the best! Great job!!

  3. 8:56 ward for the 0.5

  4. Thanks it was very helpful (sorry for bad english i'm german and only 12 years old) i wanted to play this sonf for a long time and i love funk

  5. Carl was born with that black shirt on lol

  6. Carl why no chord names?

  7. How about Cosmic Girl ?

  8. hablas mucho pendejo y no haces ni madres.

  9. great ! Thanks man

  10. can you give me Guitar spectrum please?

  11. You are the only guy that I have seen that makes it easy to learn how to. And it does make it easier to learn and most videos tell you and not show you like you already know what to do but we don't that's why we're here. Thanks… Hey can you do Maghen trainor no guitar medley they have video on it and guys playing the song but no how to's

  12. Jorge Alexis Aragon Arce

    what fx or amp uses to make this funky sound?

  13. Do you need long nails for guitar play? I have a problem where i chew my nails (sometimes till they are as far down as possible and ugly looking)
    and it takes time for them to heal and grow to their original look, also bonus thing my skin surrounding the nails are fucked since i've caught myself biting and ripping skin

  14. Thanks man you help me with all my numbers I was wondering if you could do Bon jovi bed of roses

  15. hola que efecto usas para que suene asi?? te agradeceria saber que efectos usas

  16. What a great lesson mate!
    I shall enjoy tackling this one and can't wait to get started.

  17. Awesome to see the parts executed and instructed correctly! THANKS!

  18. Well can I start by saying thank you. I was born with no lower left arm and was allways told I could never play one.well guess what….I bloody can.im 43 and have been stumbling since I was 15.now I can play lots of bits piceces no one has been able to teach me how to link bits of noise together to play complet songs until now.thank you thank you first lesson down

  19. Great job! Thanx

  20. You should cover the masterpiece from RAYDIO It's time to party now,pure disco-funk paradise!

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