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Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece. (More)
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  • Meet Nick Kellie

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Nick's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Nick Kellie has 92 videos at JamPlay, with 68 intermediate lessons, 3 song lessons, 6 lessons in our Artist Series and 15 Lick & Riff Library entries. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Theory and Improvisation

Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and theory of modes based around this system of learning.

Lesson 1

CAGED System

Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and the 3 point root guidelines to finding your chords.

Length: 22:29
Lesson 2

Major Triad Arpeggios

Building on the CAGED system he taught in lesson 1, Nick teaches the major triad arpeggios...

Length: 7:13
Lesson 3

Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Nick Kellie demonstrates the dominant 7th arpeggios as they relate to the CAGED system.

Length: 9:29
Lesson 4

Major Pentatonic Scales...

Nick Kellie demonstrates the major pentatonic scales as they relate to the CAGED system...

Length: 7:40
Lesson 5

CAGED System Major Scale

Nick Kellie demonstrates the major scales in relation to the five shapes of the CAGED...

Length: 5:35
Lesson 6

CAGED Minor Shapes

Now that he has already covered the major CAGED shapes, Nick Kellie demonstrates the minor...

Length: 10:58
Lesson 7

Minor Triad Arpeggios

Nick Kellie teaches the minor triad arpeggios for the CAGED system.

Length: 5:19
Lesson 8

Minor 7th Arpeggios

Nick Kellie teaches the minor 7th arpeggios as they relate to the CAGED system.

Length: 6:39
Lesson 9

Minor Pentatonic Scale

Nick Kellie demonstrates the minor pentatonic scales as it relates to the CAGED system.

Length: 3:10
Lesson 10

CAGED Natural Minor...

Nick Kellie demonstrates the natural minor scale using the CAGED system.

Length: 4:29
Lesson 11

Intervals

Nick Kellie discusses intervals and interval spacing on the guitar.

Length: 24:28
Lesson 12

Parent Scales

Nick Kellie discusses the three parent scales that all other diatonic scales are derived...

Length: 10:14
Lesson 13

Harmonizing the Major...

Nick Kellie discusses how to harmonize the diatonic major scale.

Length: 13:19
Lesson 14

Modes of the Major Scale

Nick Kellie discusses the seven modes derived from the diatonic major scale.

Length: 22:07
Lesson 15

Phrygian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Phrygian mode of the major scale.

Length: 6:43
Lesson 16

Lydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Lydian mode of the major scale.

Length: 7:37
Lesson 17

Mixolydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Mixolydian mode in five positions.

Length: 8:10
Lesson 18

Aeolian Mode

Nick Kellie demonstrates the Aeolian mode in five positions.

Length: 5:09
Lesson 19

Locrian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Locrian mode in five positions.

Length: 6:20
Lesson 20

Changing Keys Using...

Nick Kellie explains how to change modes while improvising.

Length: 15:26
Lesson 21

Building Modal Chord...

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates how to create modal chord progressions within the...

Length: 28:35
Lesson 22

Chord Development

Nick Kellie discusses chord development. Taking key strategies from pianists, Nick demonstrates...

Length: 15:17
Lesson 23

Lick Development

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates how to use the licks you learn.

Length: 11:14
Lesson 24

Determining the Key

Nick Kellie demonstrates how to find the key of a song.

Length: 13:49
Lesson 25

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Nick discusses and demonstrates some uses for non-diatonic chords within a progression.

Length: 7:08
Lesson 26

7th Chords

Nick explains how to harmonize the major scale with diatonic 7th chords.

Length: 11:27
Lesson 27

Soloing Over Chords

Nick explains how to use scales and modes effectively when soloing over a chord progression.

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Lesson 28

Modal Alterations

Nick discusses how to transpose a lick or riff into a different mode.

Length: 8:36
Lesson 29

Modal Pentatonic Scales

Nick Kellie demonstrates pentatonic scales derived from the modes of the major scale.

Length: 9:32
Lesson 30

9th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 9th chords, how they are used, and demonstrates a few voicings to...

Length: 8:35
Lesson 31

11th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 11th chords and their applications.

Length: 4:39
Lesson 32

13th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates voicings for 13th chords.

Length: 6:08
Lesson 33

Dorian and Super Locrian

Nick Kellie discusses how to use the Dorian and Super Locrian modes effectively within...

Length: 10:03
Lesson 34

Jazz Soloing #1

Nick Kellie discusses concepts and ideas for soloing over jazz compositions.

Length: 20:50
Lesson 35

Jazz Soloing #2

Nick Kellie demonstrates jazz solo techniques for his song "30 Hour Journey."

Length: 10:50
Lesson 36

Building Chords

Nick Kellie demonstrates and discusses building chords and chordal tones from within a...

Length: 5:58
Lesson 37

Reading Scale Charts

Nick Kellie discusses how to read scale charts pertaining to the CAGED system of playing.

Length: 8:36
Lesson 38

Understanding Modal...

Nick Kellie returns to his theory and improvisation series with a lesson on understanding...

Length: 35:16
Lesson 39

Separating Modes from...

In lesson 38, Nick discussed more basics on understanding modes and modal playing. In...

Length: 16:34
Lesson 40

Practical Modal Applications

Returning to his theory and improvisation series, Nick discusses how you might already...

Length: 9:34
Lesson 41

Scale Sequencing

Nick Kellie returns to his Theory and Improvisation series with a discussion on scale...

Length: 12:17
Lesson 42

Pentatonic Scale Sequencing

Now that Nick has covered the basic concepts of sequencing scales, he covers how you might...

Length: 14:17
Lesson 43

Sequencing Triads

Nick Kellie returns with another look at sequencing. Nick has been talking primarily about...

Length: 7:04
Lesson 44

Diatonic Seventh Chord...

Now that you've learned how to sequence triads, Nick applies the same concepts horizontally...

Length: 5:54
Lesson 45

Harmonizing Keys

Nick Kellie discusses how a key is harmonized and how this knowledge can help unlock playing...

Length: 15:42
Lesson 46

Backing Track Study...

In his 46th lesson, Nick Kellie takes an applied approach to soloing over a backing track....

Length: 18:47
Lesson 47

Backing Track Study...

Nick Kellie takes a look at another backing track and discusses how to implement scale...

Length: 15:17
Lesson 48

Scales and 3rd Intervals

In this lesson, Nick discusses how applying the third interval across a scale idea can...

Length: 10:20
Tips & Tricks

Nick Kellie demonstrates cool ways to enhance your playing.

Lesson 1

Harp Harmonics

Nick Kellie demonstrates how to incorporate harp harmonics into your playing.

Length: 7:37
Lesson 2

Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates how the economy picking technique is performed.

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Lesson 3

More Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates and talks more about economy picking.

Length: 5:57
Lesson 4

Double Stop Bends

Nick Kellie offers up another trick for your bag. In this lesson, he discusses and demonstrates...

Length: 17:12
Lesson 5

Adding Embellishments...

In this short lesson, Nick discusses adding flair to your rhythm playing by embellishing...

Length: 10:00
Lesson 6

String Skipping Exercise

Nick returns to his Tips and Tricks series with an exercise designed to help you with...

Length: 11:02
Lesson 7

Basic Ear Training

In this lesson, Nick provides a primer course on ear training. By matching intervals with...

Length: 12:44
Jazz

Nick Kellie covers the smooth jazz concept as it relates to guitar playing.

Lesson 1

Smooth Jazz Series Introduction

Nick Kellie is starting a new Smooth Jazz series! In this lesson series he will cover...

Length: 2:53
Lesson 2

Octaves

Nick Kellie demonstrates the octave shapes and how they are utilized in the smooth jazz...

Length: 11:06
Lesson 3

Ornaments

Nick Kellie demonstrates commonly used rhythmic and melodic ornaments in the smooth jazz...

Length: 4:07
Lesson 4

Chromatic Enclosures

Nick Kellie explains how to encircle a target tone with upper and lower chromatic neighbor...

Length: 4:45
Lesson 5

Arpeggios

Nick Kellie demonstrates arpeggios as they relate to smooth jazz playing.

Length: 8:02
Lesson 6

Improvisation

Nick Kellie demonstrates and discusses how to use the techniques he has taught in the...

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Lesson 7

Jazz Blues

In this lesson, Nick discusses how to implement a jazz blues into your playing.

Length: 13:30
R&B and Soul

Learn to play in the Motown style of R&B and Soul.

Lesson 1

Introduction to R&B...

Nick Kellie introduces a lesson series designed to highlight the tendencies, techniques...

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Lesson 2

Popping

Now that Nick has discussed the basics of the R&B and soul style of playing, he demonstrates...

Length: 12:41
Lesson 3

Interval Usage

In the third lesson of his R&B and Soul series, Nick discusses common ways to use melodic...

Length: 8:57
Lesson 4

Single Note Strumming

In this lesson, Nick Kellie demonstrates a common technique he calls "single note strumming"....

Length: 7:26
Lesson 5

Hendrixisms

In the fifth lesson of his R&B and Soul lesson series, Nick discusses commonalities made...

Length: 10:57
Lesson 6

Seventh Chords, Progressions...

To wrap up his look at the stylistic approaches of R&B and soul, Nick provides a lesson...

Length: 21:46