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How to Create a Disco Funk Riff
With Virtual Guitarist Sparkle



How it is done:

  • In Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE, I choose the style Disco to define the general phrasing style.
  • Further on, I activate the DOUBLING function to give it a nice wide stereo-effect, put the AMP on crunch and the guitar position on DUAL.
  • In addition, I configure the GRIT and the DRIVE function to 1 o’clock to create more push and bite in the sound.
  • Then, I tweak the reverb to 12 o’clock, the chorus to 11 o’clock and the delay to 10 o’clock.
  • Next, I play the chords G-minor, A#-major, F-major and C-Major over four bars…
  • … and experiment with different style phrases of Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE. I play the notes D3, G3 and A3 as well as D3, G3 to A#3 over four bars, to create varying strumming patterns.
  • In conclusion, I add some automation on the FEEL function to make the strumming sound more natural.

It’s easy:

  1. Download the trial version of Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE  if you haven’t got the plug-in already. It’s free, and it runs for 30 days – without any limitation.
  2. Install it, open your DAW, and find Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE in your list of virtual instrument plug-ins, and open it on a track.
  3. Download the MIDI file: Sparkle Funk Riff – MIDI
  4. Drag the MIDI file to the Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE track
  5. Download the Drum Loop mp3 file: Sparkle – Drum Loop
  6. Download the Guitar Loop: Sparkle – Guitar Loop
  7. Download the Keys Loop: Sparkle – Keys Loop
  8. Download the Bass Loop: Sparkle – Bass Loop
  9. Drag each of the MP3 files to individual tracks.

All the attached files come in the speed of 120bpm so adjust your DAW tempo accordingly, please mind, that the tutorial is partially done in a slower tempo.

The author:

Martin Seyer is a composer, sound designer and music educator who works for the music and media industry in close collaboration with artists, directors and theatre productions.