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Introduction to R&B and Soul (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Kellie

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 the basics of this style and introduces the core techniques.

Taught by Nick Kellie in R&B and Soul with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 31:45Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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woodchuckjamminwoodchuckjammin replied on April 12th, 2017

less is more: heard that recently from Robin! o.k. same page. go on master

Kristen197Kristen197 replied on January 3rd, 2017

Excellent lesson. Thank you Nick!

AzerettAzerett replied on August 12th, 2016

Great lesson! I'm having a lot of fun generating random rhythms using 16 black/red playing cards and trying those out with these concepts.

AdelsonplusAdelsonplus replied on May 5th, 2015

Best music class on rhythm, ever! I'll never be an R&B and Soul musician,, but your approach to teaching is really awsome. Thank you! No matter if I take a year to master this lesson 1, but it'll have been worthwhile.

stratoplayastratoplaya replied on June 8th, 2013

Nick can you do a lesson for Fire We Make by Alicia Keys and Maxwell

williampickeralwilliampickeral replied on January 2nd, 2013

Yes!!! Finally! Thanks Nick!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on January 4th, 2013

you are very welcome!

williampickeralwilliampickeral replied on January 2nd, 2013

Yes!!! Finally! Thanks Nick!

nepalmypridenepalmypride replied on July 24th, 2012

Glad I landed on this series! Awesome Nick!

bensonhonbensonhon replied on July 3rd, 2012

I have my 4th string ringing occasionally, what's the proper muting technique on this???

J.RodJ.Rod replied on April 20th, 2012

Finally someone does an R&B and Soul series!! As much as I've searched the internet, I still can't believe that this style is pretty much completely neglected. Thank you Nick!!! Looking forward t enjoying the series. Hopefully there's more to come once I complete.

gibstratgibstrat replied on April 2nd, 2012

i never realized how difficult something is that sounds so easy

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on March 26th, 2012

Like!

alien_xalien_x replied on March 26th, 2012

AWESOME series! Already love it. And as always by Nick - well taught. Can't wait for more to come.

3deeder3deeder replied on March 25th, 2012

awesome selection for a group of tutorials. Thanks.

gotatelegotatele replied on March 24th, 2012

Awesome idea for a series , Nick. So interesting, glad you are doing it.

stratoplayastratoplaya replied on March 24th, 2012

That's good. Do any of you plan to do a gospel series? I'm particularly interested in learning to play Deitrick Haddons "Well Done" and many other gospel songs.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on April 14th, 2012

good idea!

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied on March 24th, 2012

This is gonna be a great series, learning so much already, great job Nick!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on March 24th, 2012

thanks!

miche.fambromiche.fambro replied on March 24th, 2012

You're hire! :) Good work Nick.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on March 24th, 2012

thanks miche! look forward to working together soon!

foxboyfoxboy replied on March 24th, 2012

add me to the "everyone", Nick :)

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on March 24th, 2012

thanks! glad you like it

mattbrownmattbrown replied on March 23rd, 2012

Nice Nick! This style of guitar was pretty much absent on the site until now.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on March 23rd, 2012

Thanks Matt! I hope everyone enjoys this series

R&B and Soul with Nick Kellie

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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...

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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...

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 0.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 21:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations www.digital-nations.com - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.

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