Scarbee Funk Guitarist – 1. Basics and chords

Author: sleepfreaks

Dance/EDM type funky guitar rhythms


“Scarbee Funk Guitarist” is a software that specializes in funky guitar playing.
You can control the included chords/rhythm patterns,
and sequence realistic guitar sounds easily.

From sounds like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,”
you can create funky guitar lines. In addition, it works great for pop music as well.

For our first article, we will take a look at “the basics and chord/pitch control.”

Scarbee Funk Guitarist – Tutorial video

  1. 1Basics and chords *Current article
  2. 2Rhythm pattern selection and creation

Video key point – Key layout

To utilize this product,
it is important to understand the key setup.


  • Yellow : Plays the registered chord
  • Red : Stops playing
  • Green : Basic patterns when the chord is being played
    In the picture, there are 3 patterns ready.
  • Blue : It adds slides and other special articulations to the basic pattern.
    Only activated when the key is being held.

Video key point – Transpose

FunkGuitar Key

When you want to change the key to match the song, you can edit it from here.
If you change the MIDI on your DAW, it ends up changing the selected chords themselves.

Video key point – Chord presets and placement


There are many chord patterns and presets included in this product.
Select the “Chords” tab from below to access it.

The presets are lined up on the list in the middle.
By double clicking on the preset name, you can bring it up and the results will be showed on the left.


You can select chords individually to use depending on your preference/song.
Select the “MAP” tab, and bring up the chord filter on the right.

By putting a check in the chord name that you want,
the results will come up on in the middle list.

Double click on the chord name to preview it.


  • CHORD : Shows the chord name
  • TOP : Shows the top note of the chord voicing
    Depending on the top note, the chord feel greatly differs.
  • FRET : The fret that the chord is played on
  • STRINGS : Number of strings played
    The more the number, the thicker it sounds.


When you find a chord that you like,
apply the chord to your keyboard.

After selecting a chord from the center list,
use the pencil tool to click on the keyboard note that you want to apply it to.


You can find chords from the MIDI keyboard as well.
Even if you don’t know a chord name, you can use your ear to find the right chord.

Select the “MIDI” tab, and turn on “REC.”
By playing your MIDI keyboard, a list will come up that match what notes were played.

Using “AUTOMAP,” you can also apply chords on the list to your keyboard.
※This may switch out all previously inputted chords so be careful