Funk Series Overview (Guitar Lesson)


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DJ Phillips

Funk Series Overview

DJ Phillips starts out his funk guitar series with an overview of what he'll be covering in lessons to come. He provides a few helpful bits of information to get you thinking about funk as a style.

Taught by DJ Phillips in Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips seriesLength: 2:38Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on March 3rd, 2014

Oh Nooooo...... I hate jazz; had an old girlfriend, formally trained musician. She played that stuff all night and I hated it!!!! Now I might want to....LEARN JAZZ????? NOOOOOOO........ Jam-Play. What have you done to Me!!!!!!!!!

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on March 3rd, 2014

@#$!%^&*^(#$! Damn you DJ and Jam-Play!!!!

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on March 3rd, 2014

Licks are okay but I never saw the utility of learnining them; I'd rather make my own. As for the funky stuff, I've been a Rocker my whole life but the more I play and study guitar, the more I find Rock boring. I LIKE that funky stuff- It is very much worth playing and learning. And I don't care about the glases; DJ is way cool.

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on March 3rd, 2014

Was a drummer, punk rock and metal, during the 80s-early 90s. It's the rhythm, that Funky music keeps my hands and brains busy!

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on March 3rd, 2014

Hey, those are "Parliament" glasses; you know- Pin The Tail On The Funky... Look it up. Very Way Cool DJ

buddy dbuddy d replied on January 2nd, 2014

yo DJ, those are some epic shades. :-)

liamodavinciliamodavinci replied on September 14th, 2013

what does he tune it in?

neillhneillh replied on April 22nd, 2013

very cheesy

rsommersrsommers replied on May 2nd, 2012

To me, good funk music is as "hard" or as "heavy" as most rock or metal.

tesla  discipletesla disciple replied on April 24th, 2012

yeaaaaahh

mkang12mkang12 replied on February 26th, 2012

Finally!! a funk guitar lesson!!

samuelito2011samuelito2011 replied on September 22nd, 2011

nice intro dj

onceupononceupon replied on May 1st, 2011

that was probably the best start to a series i'll ever see :D

clarke1966clarke1966 replied on March 3rd, 2011

DJ, This is great, I'm so grateful that someone is teaching this stuff on JamPlay! I look forward to working through these lessons.

sourcoresourcore replied on January 20th, 2011

ON THE ONE!

J.RodJ.Rod replied on January 19th, 2011

Nice!!! Looking forward to this series and ready to get my groove on!!

liamhoward85liamhoward85 replied on January 17th, 2011

this is going to be amazing. can't wait! :)

T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied on January 13th, 2011

Im really going to dig this daddyo..Love the shades HA HA!

travlic_folktravlic_folk replied on January 13th, 2011

This will be fun. Looking forward to it.

mercenarymercenary replied on January 12th, 2011

JAMES BROWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied on January 12th, 2011

Can't wait to start playing funk and wear star-shaped glasses like that!!! :D

lucretialucretia replied on January 12th, 2011

But, will you both be wearing the platforms?

biff22biff22 replied on January 12th, 2011

Please do throw some Prince in there.

lucretialucretia replied on January 12th, 2011

He already mentioned the Minneapolis sound! YAY!

playaxemanplayaxeman replied on January 12th, 2011

I am excited to see your lessons book marked!!

foxboyfoxboy replied on January 12th, 2011

Now that's fresh, fresh, exciting! ;-)

rcausrcaus replied on January 12th, 2011

DJ, It so happened that yesterday I was listening to both of these songs" This is man's world "and "I feel good" from the legendary James Brown. Can you include both songs in your lessons. It is so hard to play and sing " I feel Good" as there are some stop/ break and yet have to be on the beat. Thank you Rama

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on January 12th, 2011

Bootsy Phillips, y'all

stratmusicstratmusic replied on January 11th, 2011

This series is going to be AWESOME!!! DJ is just straight up FUN as well as a great teacher.

jboothjbooth replied on January 11th, 2011

This lesson is totally trippy.

jboothjbooth replied on January 11th, 2011

Oh my lord those glasses...

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied on January 11th, 2011

im SOOO EXCITED

Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips

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



Lesson 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.

Length: 2:38 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Jimmy Nolen

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

Length: 34:58 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 3

"Catfish" Collins

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

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Catfish Collins #2

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

Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Leo Nocentelli

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

Length: 3:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Leo Nocentelli #2

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

Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Leo Nocentelli #3

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

Length: 4:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Leo Nocentelli #4

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

Length: 4:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Leo Nocentelli #5

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

Length: 5:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Curtis Mayfield

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

Length: 4:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Curtis Mayfield #2

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

Length: 5:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Curtis Mayfield #3

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

Length: 6:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Curtis Mayfield #4

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

Length: 3:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Curtis Mayfield #5

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

Length: 3:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Curtis Mayfield #6

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

Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About DJ Phillips View Full Biography 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."

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