Jimmy Nolen (Guitar Lesson)


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DJ Phillips

Jimmy Nolen

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

Taught by DJ Phillips in Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips seriesLength: 34:58Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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rarebird0rarebird0 replied on August 16th, 2014

This would be so much of a time save for us if we didn't have to wait for the teacher to say what he's playing. Really, this is an ideall type of music to just illustrated in graphic while he plays to show how it sound. A lot of wasted space where thet would fit.

VIkeyevVIkeyev replied on May 26th, 2014

Damn your gnarly on that D9 bro, how do you get that f# sounding man, I can't get more than a "THUNG" for the life of me.

GarrusGarrus replied on December 12th, 2012

I'm having trouble with the D7/9 voicing. The f# won't ring properly, it's always muted by my middle finger. Do you have any advice for me?

GarrusGarrus replied on December 12th, 2012

I'm having trouble with the D7/9 voicing. The f# won't ring properly, it's always muted by my middle finger. Do you have any advice for me?

lordylordy replied on September 11th, 2012

Hey DJ. Really enjoying the series - thanks man. The reason why I'm learning the guitar is from being a Prince fan - expecially when he's jamming funk - which makes this series a must. Any chance of doing some Princely licks? Also, I've got a cheap guitar and amp so I can't get the sound you achieve. What guitar and amp do you use to get that heavenly chicken sound?

john adamsjohn adams replied on August 1st, 2012

DJ, what do you do when your ring finger will absolutely not bend for the barre on the D9 chord:(((

mostlyzacmostlyzac replied on May 30th, 2012

Great lesson, now I've just got to get myself on here more often!

tesla  discipletesla disciple replied on April 24th, 2012

GREAT LESSONN! Thanks DJ! AWWWWWWWWW YEAHHHHHHHH!

tesla  discipletesla disciple replied on April 24th, 2012

GREAT LESSONN! Thanks DJ! AWWWWWWWWW YEAHHHHHHHH!

spactrum2112spactrum2112 replied on February 23rd, 2012

I have heard of Jimmy Nolen before, but never really heard much about him. I do like funky bluesy music. Now that I have made the opportunity to go on here and learn more about funk and blues, and some of the history of that, I would consider myself a fan of Jimmy Nolen now. I like his style of playing, and the licks and riffs of his, not only that but, i've learned some new chords and they sound pretty cool. And I think I could benefit from this. Thanks DJ.

erikschaeperserikschaepers replied on November 9th, 2011

Hi DJ - thanks, great material. Do you think you might insert Upstroke/ Downstroke signs into the tabs for us? Best, Erik

majjialmajjial replied on October 30th, 2011

Seriously sweet stuff. Thanks DJ gotta go funk now :)

rcausrcaus replied on July 20th, 2011

Dear DJ, I went through most of your lessons on funk and they are really incredible and will take time to get to a reasonable level. "I feel good" by James Brown starts A(quick strum once) and then D7 like a horn sound ( back and forth on D7 and C#7). I have tried it many times and may be I am doing something wrong there. It does not sound clear , most likely I am playing the strumming wrong Can you teach us at least the first line of the song at a slow tempo as most likely there will be a licence issue if you teach us the whole song. Thank you Regards Rama

neipomneipom replied on July 18th, 2011

Thanks for doing the funk! Great lesson

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on February 6th, 2011

Hey guys! Tabs are now (finally) up for this lesson.

J.RodJ.Rod replied on January 25th, 2011

I've always been more of a rhythm player who enjoys many styles of music. With that said, funk guitar is definitely one of my favorites styles to jam too. These lesson seriously have me grooving more then ever and I thank you for that. Your doing a great job - please keep them coming!!

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on January 24th, 2011

I gotta say this bookmark feature rules! DJ wants to go on and I say "hey hey hey! not so fast buddy! Rewind" :)

J.RodJ.Rod replied on January 24th, 2011

I've always been more of a rhythm who player enjoys many styles of music. With that said, funk guitar is definitely one of my favorites to jam too. These lesson seriously have me grooving more then ever and I thank you for that. Your doing a great job - please keep them coming!!

foxboyfoxboy replied on January 19th, 2011

sha-ka-ta-ka-ta-ka-yeah! Thanks so much. That's the Stuff i really need for my accompaniment playing. :-)

davidk132davidk132 replied on January 19th, 2011

Yeah!

Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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 Members Only
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.

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