DJ Phillips profiles the guitarists that created and nurtured the funk sound.
DJ Phillips starts out his funk guitar series with an overview of what he'll be covering in lessons to come.Length: 2:38 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this lesson DJ profiles guitarist Jimmy Nolan, one of the original members of the James Brown band.Length: 34:58 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
DJ introduces Catfish Collins and begins to profile his sounds and technique.Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ takes another in depth look at Catfish Collins' playing style with "in the style of" licks.Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ begins to talk about Leo Nocentelli, the guitarist for The Meters.Length: 3:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ breaks down an "in the style of" lick made famous by Leo Nocentelli.Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ provides yet another look at a famous "in the style of" lick from guitarist Leo Nocentelli.Length: 4:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ provides another "in the style of" lick from The Meters' guitaris Leo Nocentelli.Length: 4:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ provides the final lick in the style of Leo Nocentelli.Length: 5:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ begins lesson 10 of his funk series by going over one of Curtis Mayfield's signature licks.Length: 4:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ returns with another look at a signature look from guitarist Curtis Mayfield.Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ returns with another "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.Length: 6:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ demonstrates an "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield that centers around an F#m7 chord.Length: 3:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ demonstrates the fifth "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.Length: 3:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ offers up the final "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
About DJ Phillips
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Like many guitar players who began playing around the same time, DJ began plunking out Nirvana and Soundgarden tunes when he first picked up the guitar in the mid-nineties. While these grunge-y roots certainly have their merit, it wasn't until DJ's eldest sister took him to a Led Zeppelin laser light show that the full potential of the guitar began to come into focus.
With Jimmy Page's Les Paul pyrotechnics as his inspiration, DJ began fervently practicing for hours on end in the suburban jungle of Southwestern Ohio. This newfound passion (combined with his complete lack of athletic prowess and physical coordination thus completely ruling out all sports) led him to form rock bands in junior high and high school. He grew to love the performance aspect of music and soon decided on it as a career path.
College led him to Nashville, Tennessee where he began to pursue a degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University. He also started another band and got his first professional theater gig the following summer. Since that summer, DJ has spent nearly every waking hour finding ways to play music and avoiding a real contribution to society in any other way.
He moved to Minneapolis after college, rocking out between theater gigs with his current rock band Brother Big Bad. He has now convinced the band to move to Nashville where music flows like water.
DJ is elated to be a part of JamPlay and is thankful for everyone's warm welcome and says "Now, let's ROCK, people."
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