In The Pocket, Cop A Feel (Guitar Lesson)

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Michael Ripoll

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.

Taught by Michael Ripoll in Funk/R&B with Nomad seriesLength: 12:48Difficulty: 2.5 of 5

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f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied on February 13th, 2013

great advice! thanks

billfreshbillfresh replied on February 13th, 2013

hey the 2nd part(wrong part) could have been me. even had the same dumb look on your face that i get going.

billfreshbillfresh replied on February 13th, 2013

great lesson mike. when you went to the jam track it all made sense.

Funk/R&B with Nomad

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.

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...

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
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...

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


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...

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


Quick upstrokes...percussive 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...

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


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,"...

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


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...

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


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 Members 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...

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


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 Members 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...

Length: 16:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 11:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 17


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 Members 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...

Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 12:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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...

Length: 15:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only

About Michael Ripoll View Full Biography Michael "Nomad" Ripoll is a consummate professional in the music industry with a list of credits and accomplishments that span decades. Best known as a masterful guitar virtuoso who has played with a seemingly endless list of the most respected names in the music world, Michael has always strived to exceed the boundaries of a traditional musician’s career by proactively seeking and securing opportunities to excel in other facets of the industry.

While he remains an artist and singer-songwriter first, Michael also operates as the Musical Director for world renowned artist and friend Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, has launched an innovative online format for guitar instruction, and has even contributed to major motion picture film scores. Working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Natalie Cole, the American Idol Tour, the Pussy Cat Dolls, India Arie, and countless others, Michael is regarded as one of the industry’s most sought after session players and touring musicians.

Michael earned the nickname "Nomad" after he started posting pictures and videos of his travels around the globe on his website and YouTube. Follow Nomad everywhere his guitar takes him here at JamPlay and at

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