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Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips

Genre and Style Guitar Course from DJ Phillips

DJ Phillips profiles the guitarists that created and nurtured the funk sound.

15 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Want to add some groove to your chops? DJ Phillips profiles the greats of funk and details their techniques to add to your playing.

Begin the Course
1

Funk Series Overview

DJ Phillips starts out his funk guitar series with an overview of what he'll be covering in lessons to come.

2:38 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

2

Jimmy Nolen

In this lesson DJ profiles guitarist Jimmy Nolan, one of the original members of the James Brown band.

34:58 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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3

"Catfish" Collins

DJ introduces Catfish Collins and begins to profile his sounds and technique.

10:03 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

4

Catfish Collins #2

DJ takes another in depth look at Catfish Collins' playing style with "in the style of" licks.

14:55 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

5

Leo Nocentelli

DJ begins to talk about Leo Nocentelli, the guitarist for The Meters.

3:57 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

6

Leo Nocentelli #2

DJ breaks down an "in the style of" lick made famous by Leo Nocentelli.

5:06 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

7

Leo Nocentelli #3

DJ provides yet another look at a famous "in the style of" lick from guitarist Leo Nocentelli.

4:02 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

8

Leo Nocentelli #4

DJ provides another "in the style of" lick from The Meters' guitaris Leo Nocentelli.

4:37 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

9

Leo Nocentelli #5

DJ provides the final lick in the style of Leo Nocentelli.

5:05 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

10

Curtis Mayfield

DJ begins lesson 10 of his funk series by going over one of Curtis Mayfield's signature licks.

4:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

11

Curtis Mayfield #2

DJ returns with another look at a signature look from guitarist Curtis Mayfield.

5:25 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

12

Curtis Mayfield #3

DJ returns with another "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.

6:26 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

13

Curtis Mayfield #4

DJ demonstrates an "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield that centers around an F#m7 chord.

3:56 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

14

Curtis Mayfield #5

DJ demonstrates the fifth "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.

3:38 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

15

Curtis Mayfield #6

DJ offers up the final "in the style of" lick from Curtis Mayfield.

5:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Playing since 1997
  • 195 lessons at JamPlay
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."
Reviews & Feedback 88/100 with 67 ratings
Volt

Actually I would have chosen all three choices because they all apply for me

acidbeast

great kick ass lick works great with drums and sounds great

Geminispirit

The funk bomb yes,great stuff