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Modern R&B Grooves

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart, known best for his work with Rihanna and Lady Gaga, shares with you his love for soulful clean rhythm guitar playing. Sounds that can be found in Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Pop, Rock, New Wave, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop and many other genres.

30 Lessons

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


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Learn the tools to create interesting parts that will add life to your playing. This includes chordal moves, single note lines, swells, double stops and much more. The emphasis for this course will be on fluidity and the groove. How the music feels and what we as guitar players can add to the mix.

Begin the Course

Series Introduction

Tim Stewart describes his course and who it is for.

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Major Triad Inversions

Triads, or three note chords, are a foundational part of music, and especially rhythm guitar. Let's explore some major triad shapes.

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Minor Triad Inversions

With the major triad inversions in the bag, it's now time to add some minor triads to our toolkit.

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Combining the Major and Minor Triads

Things get really intense when we start using these major and minor triads together!

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Embellishing the Major 7 and 9

Let's explore some techniques we can use to enhance a groove that uses major 7 and 9 chords.

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Embellishing the Minor 7 and 9

Now it's time to explore some minor 7 and 9 chord embellishments just like we did the major ones.

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Combining the Major 7 and Minor 7

Tim shows you some rhythm magic drawing from what we've learned about major and minor 7 embellishments.

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Dominant 7 and 9

Tim shows you how to riff out in some dominant 7 and 9 shapes, and add that to your toolkit.

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Tri Tones in a Dominant Chord

Tri tones have a unique sound full of tension. Tim shows us how they can be useful for finding your groove inside of a dominant chord.

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Licks and Riffs Over the Dominant 7

Tim takes us in to a further exploration of the dominant 7 with more riffs and some great licks.

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The 6th Interval

Tim takes us through some ideas using the 6th interval.

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The 10th Interval

What kind of leverage can you get out of the 10th interval? In this lesson, Tim is going to help us explore just that.

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Muted Single Notes

Using muted notes is another great tool that can add another layer of texture. Let's explore the possibilities.

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Double Stop 3rds and 4ths

Playing two notes at once is sometimes just enough to spice up a guitar part. Let's look at double stops in the 3rd and 4th intervals.

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2 Note Pentatonic

Tim shows us some licks playing the pentatonic scale in two note harmony.

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Combining 4ths and 3rds

Tim brings some of what we've learned about 4ths and 3rds and doublestops in to a new groove to further develop these skills.

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Chord Movements

Playing chords is about more than strumming. Check out how we can create movement inside of the chords for more rhythmic flavor.

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Incorporate much of what we’ve covered into a Motown 6/8 groove.

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Funk techniques from that city up North.

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Riff Based Rock/Funk

In this lesson you'll learn how to integrate rock & funk style riffs into your playing.

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We're going to explore some of Tim's favorite chord voicings.

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Highlighting the Common Note

Tim shows you how to move chords around a common note using a progression that places the common note on top.

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Cali Groove - Rhythm

Tim brings us along as he develops a rhythm for this California style groove.

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Cali Groove - Embellishments

Next we add some embellishments to our California groove.

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MJ Groove - Rhythm

Tim shows us some rhythmic ideas inspired by the King of Pop.

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MJ Groove - Embellishments

Tim shows us some embellishments for the rhythm part we just learned.

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Old School Groove - Rhythm

Tim gives us some rhythmic ideas for an old school style of backing track.

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Old School Groove - Embellishments

Now we are going to add embellishments to that last track.

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Isley Groove - Rhythm

Tim has one more groove to check out. Let's develop a rhythm part for this track now.

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Isley Groove - Embellishments

Let's spice this last track up now with some embellishments.

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Lady Gaga

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Playing since 1985
  • 56 lessons at JamPlay

Reviews & Feedback 97/100 with 286 ratings

22 guided practice clip actually belongs to 21. 22 guided practice seems to be


All of the above


all the above. this opened a door for me. solid work


Always learning...from a different point of view.

greggos's just what I needed. I feel liked I've hit the Jackpot finding Tim on Jamplay. Laid back, humble guy who is the type of player I've always wanted to be !!


Come per le triadi maggiori ottimo esercizio per memorizzare le triadi minori.


count ins on the practice repetitions please.


Really good concise, clear instruction including an explanation of how and why the triads are good to learn .,.. Thanks !


Great all around!


Great class!


Great course, great teacher!


great knowledge


Really like this instructor and what he's teaching.


Great lessons and an incredible player!


Great way to work triads


I like how he doesn't really go into the "why" of each chord. He moves through quickly. It's nice because the information isn't a huge concept, you just have to do it. But maybe an actual link to a lesson that covers diatonic/modal concoepts wo


Such a perfect progression within the lesson practicing all those different stuffs and getting exercise that mixed them up thank u so much!


I've tried a few courses on here and this is by far the best one. Perfect balance between explanation and practice.


Mixing chords with licks, sounds great! thanks


motivation to revisit fret board knowledge.


Possibly my favourite JamPlay course ever. Great to have something challenging and tasty presented so well.


simple techniques applied in a manageable way. Great stuff!


This course is awesome. Great balance of great licks and music theory. Great range of styles are presented - with really inspiring examples. Tim is a terrific teacher. Can't recommend this course enough. Two thumbs up.


This course is probably my favorite guitar course I’ve ever taken, and it’s pretty unique. It’s hard to find others that focus on this set of tools and this genre - RnB. These video clips are immediately useful.


This has helped my rhythm playing and gave me new ideas to work with. I have not gotten through entire lesson but trying to focus on the little that I have absorbed


This what I joined Jamplay to learn.


Very cool lesson!


Want to come back to this series and don't want to lose my place