Funk/R&B with Nomad

Michael "Nomad" Ripoll dives deep in to the Rhythm & Blues, Funk, and Soul genres that were made popular by artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Nomad's approach is to take techniques and ideas you may already play in other genres and look at how paying attention to subtle nuances can make all the difference when you're gettin' funky! Enjoy dozens of tips, playing ideas and other licks and apply them over spot on, genre-specific backing tracks.

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"Strummies", "Skankin'", "Cop a Feel", "Wiggles 'N Worms", "Cuttin' Heads"... Learn these FUNKY, groovin' ways of playing using techniques you've probably already practiced. Double down, and learn to look at the subtleties in your playing in a whole new way. Then, take simple ideas and learn how to apply them to Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Soul. Remember: "It's got to be FUNKY".

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Michael "Nomad" Ripoll dives deep into the rhythm & blues, funk, and soul genres that were made popular by artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Nomad's approach is to take techniques and ideas you may already play in other genres and look at how paying attention to...

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Nomad's Toolbox

You gotta have the tone! Nomad breaks down his sound, talks about amps, and plays with his effects collection as it relates to funky music. He stresses how important your clean tone is when authentically representing this genre.

Length: 17:23 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Strummies

Nomad sets up a chill vibe with his first of many genre-specific techniques. He explains and demonstrates an almost therapeutic way of strumming. Practice "strummies" with the provided soulful progression and backing track while enjoying your favorite refreshing drink! Pay attention to dynamics...

Length: 18:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Chanks

Quick upstrokes...percussive triads...you can call them anything you'd like. "Chanks" are a hallmark stylistic technique found in rhythm and blues, funk and soul. Practicing with Nomad's custom backing track will help drive them into your fingers like nothing else can. Eat 'em up!

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Chugging

Nomad discusses the importance of simple, muted rhythm playing in rhythm & blues. Then, he demonstrates how to combine groovin' "chugs" with accented "chanks". Apply these ideas over "Sunshine On My Side," Nomad's custom backing track.

Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Pretties

Nomad discusses how to add chord extensions inside of and outside of basic chord forms to add a "pretty" texture to an R&B groove. You'll also learn and apply some phrasing ideas as well as volume pedal techniques.

Length: 21:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Skratchin'

The funkiest and most fundamental techniques of all is here! Learn how to groove, how to imply a chord with "skratchin'," and play with and without wah over the backing track.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Skratch 'n Stab

Building on the popular "skratchin'" technique discussed in the last lesson, Nomad demonstrates creative ways to incorporate chords into the groove that mimic a horn section. This is a must watch lesson for funksters!

Length: 8:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Skankin'

The FUNKIEST and nastiest off all techniques in the funk world..."skankin'"! Learn what it is and how to apply it over a groove. Also, learn how to add licks and double stops within a "skankin'" riff.

Length: 13:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Chicken Pickin'

Ever listen to an R&B tune and you hear this anonymous groovy guitar in the background that seems to peak out just enough to let you know that it's still there? That's "chicken pickin'". Learn the art of laying back into a groove.

Length: 16:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Curly Q's

Learn a trademark R&B-style way of embellishing common chord forms. Once you understand the concept, start groovin' with it!

Length: 23:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Inversions From Mars, Part 1

You've seen him use them in all his lessons so far. You've heard the effect they have on simple, funky rhythms. Now you get to learn all about how to incorporate inversions into your soul playing. Learn how to play different triad shapes up the neck and how to add common extensions to basic...

Length: 11:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Inversions From Mars, Part 2

Nomad continues his study of inversions by discussing different kinds of chords, pentatonic scales, and the Dorian mode. He also provides a backing tracking track for your practicing pleasure.

Length: 13:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Wiggles and Worms

Nomad looks at a specific way of using slides and vibrato that emulates the sound of some of the early mono synths used in funk and R&B. Play it clean, or funk it up even more with the wah wah!

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Slippin' & Slidin'

Sliding -- such a basic concept for most. Once again, Nomad presents the nuances of this technique that are true to R&B. Dig in, keep an open mind, and jam along!

Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Rubber Band Man

Nomad deconstructs another basic technique - the bend. Learn how the great funksters and R&B artists use bends in their playing.

Length: 10:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Octify

Another trait of classic funk and R&B is the rhythmic use of octaves. Nomad covers the right and left hand techniques needed to funk up your octaves and works in unison bends as a way to spice up the groove.

Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

3rd Theory of Revolution: Rhythm

Nomad pays tribute to one of the great funk masters of our time, Prince! Nomad discusses how to tastefully blur the lines between the major sound and the minor sound in a very "Prince-like" fashion. This lesson focuses on rhythm playing. A special lesson on applying this concept to lead guitar...

Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

3rd Theory of Revolution: Lead

Nomad continues in Prince-like fashion and for the first time in this series, he cranks up the gain! Practice blurring the lines between major and minor tonalities with some singing sustain. Play it loud!

Length: 7:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

In The Pocket, Cop A Feel

Nomad discusses the unique role that guitarists have in Funkdom. He demonstrates what it means to be locked in with different parts of the groove and how to take the feel of one instrument in the band and inject it into your own guitar playing.

Length: 12:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Puzzle Funk

Skratchin', skankin', strummies...If you've been keeping up with this series, you've learned a lot of genre-specific subtleties that really make funk and R&B what it is. This lesson discusses how to put the different pieces together with other musicians in a way that lets each player have their...

Length: 15:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Cuttin' Heads

There's not a lot of soloing in funk or R&B, but when there is, you gotta step out and go for it! Nomad goes through 4 basic lead ideas that draw from what has been taught in the series so far.

Length: 9:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Cuttin' Heads: Advanced Concepts

Nomad turns it up even more with some modal and fusion-influenced ideas to set your lead playing on fire!

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Far Out - Wah

You've seen and heard him apply the wah in the funkiest of contexts during this series. In this lesson, Nomad highlights a few of the ways the wah effect is most commonly used in Funkdome.

Length: 4:33 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Far Out - Delay

Nomad once again deals with the 'nuances'. Delay is used in too many settings to count. In this lesson, you'll hear and see how the funksters and R&B masters use delay in both a musical and special effects context.

Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

Far Out - Effects Wrap Up

Nomad looks at how even more effects are used in the funk genre while demonstrating how some of these unique sounds work in a practical context.

Length: 3:33 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Acoustic Guitar with R&B

Nomad takes the next four lessons to discuss the unique role that the acoustic guitar plays in R&B. Learn some basic fingerpicking and interesting takes on basic chord forms.

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 28

Slaps & Curly Q's

Build on the basic R&B-tinged acoustic vibe Nomad established in the previous lesson by working in a few familiar flavors. Take it slow, and pay attention to the nuances!

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Percussive Techniques

Nomad changes up the acoustic groove a bit by introducing several percussive techniques that will take you deeper into the R&B / soul acoustic flavor.

Length: 7:44 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Acoustic R&B: Put It All Together

Take all the techniques and chordal ideas you learned in the previous three lessons on the nuances of acoustic guitar in R&B and apply them to a tasteful backing track!

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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