R&B, Soul, Motown, & Blues Lead & Rhythm Guitar Techniques
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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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4.5 (27 ratings)
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Created by David Taub
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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Requirements
  • General mid level Beginner knowledge of strumming, bar chords, and basic lead guitar skills.
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner/Intermediate guitar players looking to advance their Rhythm & Blues, Soul, or blues guitar skills.
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
01:23:20
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R&B rhythm concepts lesson and spicing up your chords and progressions
1 Lecture 09:23

Lecture 1 - Rhythm & Blues concepts. This video lesson is an R&B rhythm concepts lesson where you will learn all kinds of new and different rhythmic devices and techniques. You will learn new ways to play chords and rhythms that will really spice up your playing. If you find yourself always playing the same chords with the same rhythms then this lesson will get you out of those habits. In this lesson you will also learn how to add fills to your rhythms to further spice up your chord progressions. This rhythm concepts lesson is taught in that classic R&B/Soul vibe, very much in the style of Al Green. This lesson is a jump off point in this series to get you thinking of different ways to play musically interesting chords, fills, and rhythms. This lesson comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study.

Preview 09:23
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Motown inspired rhythm ideas & concepts, create cool chord movement and melody
1 Lecture 09:31

Lecture 2 - Motown inspired rhythm ideas & concepts. In this lesson you will learn how to create movement within chords. This lesson will free yourself from being chained to playing just one chord shape. You will also learn how to modify chords and voice them in a fresh ways. This lesson will help you to create freedom within your chords and progressions and open the flood gates to new chord and rhythm ideas. This lesson is taught in a real Motown vibe very much in the style of Marvin Gay. This lesson comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study.

 


Modify your chords creating movement and freedom
09:31
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Classic R&B style how to examine licks, phrase licks together, & wah pedal licks
1 Lecture 11:37

Lecture 3 - Lead guitar lesson on how to examine licks and phrase them together in this classic rhythm and blues style. This lesson focuses on how to utilize the wah pedal to create sonic atmosphere. Learn how to use the wah pedal for clean lead playing as an expressive tool. Also learn about getting the right tone and sounds using the wah pedal and incorporating it into your sound. This lead guitar lesson is taught in that classic Soul, R&B vibe, very much in the style of Curtis Mayfield. This lesson comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study. The lesson also comes with a jam track, same one utilized in the lecture, so you can practice and apply these techniques in a musical context. 

Classic R&B style licks and utilizing the wah pedal
11:37
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Learn bluesy, soul inspired licks and add licks and fills to your rhythm playing
1 Lecture 14:21

Lecture 4 - Learn bluesy Soul inspired licks and how you can insert them into your rhythm playing. This lead guitar lesson is packed with licks and ways to phrase them with your rhythms. You will also learn how to add fills to your lines in this classic style. You will also learn all about intervals and how to utilize them within your playing. We also teach soloing strategies on how to use these techniques and devices within a musical context. This lesson is taught in that classic bluesy soul vibe very much in the style of Otis Redding and Steve Cropper. This lesson comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study. The lesson also comes with a jam track, same one utilized in the lecture, so you can practice and apply these techniques in a musical context. And you also get a bonus jam track in the same key, but with slightly different chords and feel, to give you an additional practice tool.

Bluesy, Soul inspired licks and how to bring licks into your rhythm playing
14:21
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How to "Hot Rod" Pentatonic scales and how chords influence soloing choices
1 Lecture 11:10

Lecture 5 - Learn how to "Hot Rod" Pentatonic scales and then learn how to apply them over chord progressions. This lesson further examines lead guitar in this classic style and how chords influence soloing choices. Learn how to treat chords soloing wise and how they influence our soloing decisions when improvising. Learn to move new sounding notes over the chords to make strong soloing statements. Targeting certain notes can really make your solos stand out and you will learn all about these techniques in this lesson. This lesson comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study. The lesson also comes with a jam track, same one utilized in the lecture, so you can practice and apply these techniques in a musical context.

Preview 11:10
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Modern Rhythm & Blues spin on these classic R&B techniques
1 Lecture 10:06

Lecture 6 - Learn how to utilize the classic R&B devices and techniques taught in the previous lessons, but in a more modern Rhythm & Blues approach. In this lesson we take a minor blues example progression and teach you modern ways to add chordal movements and fills to spice up your playing. These techniques will arm you with options and concepts that can be blasted throughout your rhythm playing. You will also learn some new chord voicings and how to add chords into a progression in a logical way that fits the song. You will also learn some music theory and why certain chords sound good together and how to choose chords to fit a progression. This is critical content that you can use in your own songwriting. We paired this lesson with our included "Chord Building, Key Signature, & Songwriting Basics For Guitar" eBook so you can really dig deep into these concepts. This lesson also comes with a PDF written lesson review and practice study.

Modern Rhythm & Blues spin on these classic R&B techniques - tie it all together
10:06
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Bonus Lesson - How to get a classic electric blues tone - gear and guitar!
1 Lecture 17:12

This bonus lesson is all about tone, amps, guitars, and gear. We will teach you how to get a classic blues tone. Throughout the lessons we go over guitar choice, pickups, pickup selections, effects, amps, reverb, gain, and more. We discuss tube amps and how you can get them working for you as well as all about playing dynamics and how your attack will effect sound. Learn about the differences in tone and play ability between a Gibson 335 and a Fender Stratocaster. We demonstrate with playing examples and will get you in the mindset of getting your gear to work for you, all while getting a great bluesy tone.

How to get a classic electric blues tone from your guitar and gear.
17:12
About the Instructor
David Taub
4.4 Average rating
29 Reviews
176 Students
11 Courses
Guitar and Bass Instructor

Hi - I'm David Taub and have been teaching guitar for over 25 years. My business partner, Tim Gilberg, and I started one of the first online video teaching curriculums in 2005. I have taught hundreds of thousands of students all over the world through my private lessons, online tutorials, DVD products, and my instructional website at Next Level Guitar.  

We are certain we can get your playing to the next level in the fastest and most efficient manner. Our YouTube channel is one of the most subscribed guitar teaching guru channels. Our YouTube guitar lesson videos at "Rock On Good People" have over 316,000 subscribers and over 148 MILLION views worldwide.

Myself and my Next Level Team have developed learning curriculums, online lessons, DVD instructional products, digital download products, inspired lesson series, song instructionals, and practice tools and protocols for all level players and for most genres of music. 

We make learning fun and keep it light and interesting while empowering students through their guitar journeys. Our lessons are designed like both student and teacher are in the same room as we put ourselves in the students shoes to ensure we are best assisting them to reach their guitar goals.

Our methods work and produce results. We focus on the students as well as customer service. We want our students to be happy with their purchase and we have some of the best customer service in the industry. Plus we don't just leave you hanging by yourself  - we are there for our students and are very reachable and available via email at any time. Give our courses a try and I know they will exceed your expectations. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I wish you the best in all your guitar and musical endeavors!