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R&B and Soul with Nick Kellie

Learn to play in the Motown style of R&B and Soul.

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The Motown sound that brought us R&B and Soul is characterized by melodic and rhythmic phrasing that cuts through the fix in a simplistic fashion. In this series, learn the foundation for playing in this style.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to R&B and Soul

Nick Kellie introduces a lesson series designed to highlight the tendencies, techniques and concepts of R&B and soul playing. Characterized by rhythmic elements and simplicity, this style combines muted left and right hand techniques with melodic scale ideas. In the first lesson, Nick discusses...

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Popping

Now that Nick has discussed the basics of the R&B and soul style of playing, he demonstrates a common funk / soul technique. Known as "popping," this technique adds a sharp staccato and rhythmic feel to your playing.

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Interval Usage

In the third lesson of his R&B and Soul series, Nick discusses common ways to use melodic and harmonic intervals.

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Single Note Strumming

In this lesson, Nick Kellie demonstrates a common technique he calls "single note strumming". This technique combines the simplistic nature of R&B and soul with a rhythmic strumming element.

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Hendrixisms

In the fifth lesson of his R&B and Soul lesson series, Nick discusses commonalities made popular by Jimi Hendrix that are often used in this style of play.

Length: 10:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Seventh Chords, Progressions and Song Structure

To wrap up his look at the stylistic approaches of R&B and soul, Nick provides a lesson that touches on a few topics. He discusses the use of seventh chords and how to easily decipher what chords can be played with what progression. Nick also talks about the approach of arranging song structure...

Length: 21:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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