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R&B, Soul, Motown, & Blues Lead & Rhythm Guitar Techniques

Learn classic blues, R&B, Soul, and Motown lead and rhythm concepts, devices, and techniques
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 23m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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In this course you will learn all types of rhythm and lead guitar devices and concepts for blues, rhythm and blues, Motown, and soul guitar. If you are tired of always playing the same things, and tired of always playing the same chords the same ways, with the same rhythms, then this course can help you break out of that rut and open your playing to more creative pathways. This course will give your chord playing more freedom and open the flood gates to all kinds of new chord, rhythm, and lead guitar ideas.
This course is taught by popular Next Level Guitar instructor Ben Zinn. The lessons in this course are in that very timeless and classic bluesy, R&B, style. This style has strongly influenced today’s modern blues players as well as the classic blues guitarists of the past. 

This course is all about teaching you to play different things and getting you “outside the box.” This course will also help you develop licks and fills to play in between your rhythms. This way, you can play cool and interesting rhythms but insert all kinds of licks and rhythmic devices to dress up your playing. We make it easy to incorporate these techniques and devices into your own blues rhythm and lead playing. Plus, we teach you how to take the timeless classic techniques and utilize them in a more modern R&B approach. And in our bonus lesson we teach how you can get a great, classic blues tone. You’ll also all about the guitars, gear, pickups, amps, effects, and how to dial in great tone.

This course comes with seven HD video lessons, along with six practice and review downloadable PDFs — one each for the first six lessons. These PDFs include lesson reviews, chord charts, tabs, and practice tips and exercises. You also get three downloadable jam tracks. Most importantly, these three backing tracks are the exact same tracks that are utilized in the video lessons. This makes it even easier and more enjoyable to practice and apply the techniques in a real musical context.  You also get three additional bonus jam tracks so that you can work on these concepts in different keys. These tracks sound great, are custom-made for educational purposes, and are very motivating and empowering to practice over. 

You will also get two eBooks that will take you into a deep dive into these concepts as you move your playing forward. These eBooks are packed with lessons, scale diagrams, chord charts, application practice and more. You get our fully illustrated, full color 38-page “Blues Rock Soloing” eBook and our “Chord Building, Key Signature, & Songwriting Basics For Guitar” eBook. These are comprehensive reference manuals you will use often throughout your guitar journey. They are packed with scale diagrams, soloing strategies, music theory, modal lessons, chord charts, key charts, practice tips, and even more killer lessons.

Throughout this course you will learn:

-How to modify chords and play them in fresh new ways.

-How to add fills to your rhythms and spice up your chord progressions.

-All kinds of different rhythmic concepts and devices in these classic styles.

-All about intervals and how to use them in musical ways.

-All kinds of bluesy soul-inspired lead guitar licks and phrases.

-How chords influence our soloing decisions when improvising.

-To examine licks and phrase them together in this classic rhythm and blues style.

-How to move new-sounding notes over chords to make strong soloing statements.

-How to utilize a wah pedal as an expressive tool for for clean lead playing.

-How to utilize a wah pedal to create a sonic atmosphere in this style.

-Soloing strategies on how to utilize these techniques and devices within a musical context.

-How to achieve the right tone and sounds using a wah pedal and incorporating it into your sound.

-How to create movement within chords and free yourself from being chained to playing just one chord shape.

-How to play Hot Rod Pentatonic scales and how to apply these new scales and licks over a chord progression.

-How to utilize the classic techniques in a modern R&B approach.

-These lessons are very much in the style of Marvin Gay, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, to name a few.

And it’s easy to follow along with our on-screen tablature and chord text. Everything is written out on screen.  As well as we don’t go too fast and teach the concepts at slow and record tempo. We break all the concepts down to bite-sized digestible nuggets that can easily be incorporated into your rhythm and lead playing.

And please feel free to contact us if you have any questions — and keep on rocking!

-David Taub, Co-creator and CAO
Next Level Guitar Inc.

You will learn

✓ Learn how to modify and play chords in fresh new ways.
✓ Free yourself from being chained to playing just one chord shape.
✓ Examine licks and phrase them together in this classic rhythm and blues style.
✓ Learn to play lots of new licks and fills in the classic style.
✓ Discover how to add fills to rhythms, spice up chord progressions, and create movement within chords.
✓ How to utilize intervals, hot rod pentatonic scales, and strategize your solos in this style.
✓ Learn how to create a sonic atmosphere with the wah pedal.
✓ How to use the wah pedal to get the precise tone and sounds you want.
✓ How to use the wah as an expressive tool for clean lead playing.


• General mid level Beginner knowledge of strumming, bar chords, and basic lead guitar skills.

This course is for

• Beginner/Intermediate guitar players looking to advance their Rhythm & Blues, Soul, or blues guitar skills.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 23m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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