Curtis Mayfield #2 (Guitar Lesson)


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Curtis Mayfield #2

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

Taught by DJ Phillips in Funk Guitar with DJ Phillips seriesLength: 5:25Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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mgamachemgamache replied on May 20th, 2014

DJ, What key is this in?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 22nd, 2014

I'm pretty sure this is Eb Minor which is the relative minor of F# Major.

kirsten laurenkirsten lauren replied on February 9th, 2011

DJ, I am truly diggin' the funk series. Thank you explaining the lessons in a way that makes me get it. How about some Isley Brother's? "Climbing up the Ladder" has a few funky guitar parts/riffs.

kirsten laurenkirsten lauren replied on February 9th, 2011

Correction: Thank you "for" explaining.

J.RodJ.Rod replied on February 2nd, 2011

Nice! Loving these funky chord changes and grooves. Also thanks for letting us know the song. It's a bonus to listen to the original tracks. Would love to know the names of some of the others when you can. :-)

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on February 1st, 2011

I like it too! It's a small phrase from "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here".

gotatelegotatele replied on January 31st, 2011

nice little chord phrase. is this from any particular song?

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 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.

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