Modern Grooves & Retro Rhythms

Tim Stewart (Lady Gaga, Rihanna) teaches R&B, funk, and pop for the modern guitarist.

Having shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, and countless American Idol contestants, Tim Stewart brings seasoned pedigree to the JamPlay team. His course, "Modern Grooves & Retro Rhythms", serves to help you unlock the pocket with your rhythm guitar playing. Learn the tools to create interest and add life with chordal moves, single note lines, swells, double stops and much more.

Suited for guitarists of all skill levels, our emphasis will be on fluidity, timing, groove, and what we as guitar players can add to the mix. Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.

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30 Lessons
6 Hour+ Runtime
Tabs (gpx, pdf)
Playalong Tracks
4k Video
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Tim Stewart is a lifelong guitarist, writer and producer. Currently, he is splitting time between Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and his own project for a band called "Knives". Tim has been playing, touring and performing for over 20 years, and recently performed at the half time show for the NFL Super Bowl in 2018.

His performing and writing credits include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, J-Lo, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson, Frank Ocean, Rodney Jerkins, Tricky Stewart, Miguel, Rita Ora, American Idol, Backstreet Boys, Infectious Grooves, and Tiziano Ferro. All told, Tim is a go-to mainstay in the R&B industry for his consistent approach, stage command, and knowledge of song composition, rhythm and adding to the mix.

Find the Pocket & Master the Groove

From chord embellishments to rhythm, Tim will guide you through modern R&B with real-world examples.

30 Lessons

This is a full, 6+ hour course featuring 30 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

4k and 1080p

Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

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Guitar Pro

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If the "bounce" and "vibe" of funk, R&B and pop force you nod along to the beat, this course is right up your alley. Tim Stewart offers 20 years of touring experience to bring you real world applications of these timeless techniques, including a baseline level of the theory needed to unlock your inner style. This course offers 30 lessons covering 6+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestable presentation.

Chord Voicings

Minor, Major, Dominant

Tim shows us the basic theory needed to identify, adapt and create chord movements to add interest to your playing. Includes ideas for modifying chords to fit the groove.

  • Major / Minor Triads
  • Combining Triads
  • Dominant Licks & Riffs
  • Leveraging the 6th, 10th

Embellishments

Enhance the Groove

Add variation to your chord progression with ideas for rhythm variation, subtle chord additions and various right hand techniques. Includes tabs and practice examples.

  • Muting & Additions
  • Right Hand Dynamics
  • Creating Chord Movement
  • Pentatonic Harmony

Groove & Licks

Adding vocabulary

Learn the classic, and modern grooves of various pop and R&B styles, from Michael Jackson to more contemporary applications. Nodding to the beat required during these lessons.

  • The California Groove
  • Michael Jackson Groove
  • Old School Grooves
  • The "Isley" Groove
Lessons in this Course
1

Series Introduction

Tim Stewart describes his course and who it is for.

2:56 Runtime

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2

Major Triad Inversions

Triads, or three note chords, are a foundational part of music, and especially rhythm guitar. Let's explore some major triad shapes.

9:56 Runtime

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3

Minor Triad Inversions

With the major triad inversions in the bag, it's now time to add some minor triads to our toolkit.

7:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

4

Combining the Major and Minor Triads

Things get really intense when we start using these major and minor triads together!

8:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

5

Embellishing the Major 7 and 9

Let's explore some techniques we can use to enhance a groove that uses major 7 and 9 chords.

9:43 Runtime

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6

Embellishing the Minor 7 and 9

Now it's time to explore some minor 7 and 9 chord embellishments just like we did the major ones.

10:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

7

Combining the Major 7 and Minor 7

Tim shows you some rhythm magic drawing from what we've learned about major and minor 7 embellishments.

10:17 Runtime

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8

Dominant 7 and 9

Tim shows you how to riff out in some dominant 7 and 9 shapes, and add that to your toolkit.

11:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

9

Tri Tones in a Dominant Chord

Tri tones have a unique sound full of tension. Tim shows us how they can be useful for finding your groove inside of a dominant chord.

10:28 Runtime

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10

Licks and Riffs Over the Dominant 7

Tim takes us in to a further exploration of the dominant 7 with more riffs and some great licks.

11:44 Runtime

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11

The 6th Interval

Tim takes us through some ideas using the 6th interval.

15:45 Runtime

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12

The 10th Interval

What kind of leverage can you get out of the 10th interval? In this lesson, Tim is going to help us explore just that.

12:44 Runtime

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13

Muted Single Notes

Using muted notes is another great tool that can add another layer of texture. Let's explore the possibilities.

12:33 Runtime

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14

Double Stop 3rds and 4ths

Playing two notes at once is sometimes just enough to spice up a guitar part. Let's look at double stops in the 3rd and 4th intervals.

13:06 Runtime

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15

2 Note Pentatonic

Tim shows us some licks playing the pentatonic scale in two note harmony.

10:46 Runtime

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16

Combining 4ths and 3rds

Tim brings some of what we've learned about 4ths and 3rds and doublestops in to a new groove to further develop these skills.

12:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

17

Chord Movements

Playing chords is about more than strumming. Check out how we can create movement inside of the chords for more rhythmic flavor.

11:53 Runtime

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18

6/8

Incorporate much of what we’ve covered into a Motown 6/8 groove.

25:04 Runtime

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19

Minneapolis

Funk techniques from that city up North.

23:35 Runtime

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20

Riff Based Rock/Funk

In this lesson you'll learn how to integrate rock & funk style riffs into your playing.

13:13 Runtime

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21

Voicings

We're going to explore some of Tim's favorite chord voicings.

16:22 Runtime

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22

Highlighting the Common Note

Tim shows you how to move chords around a common note using a progression that places the common note on top.

17:15 Runtime

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23

Cali Groove - Rhythm

Tim brings us along as he develops a rhythm for this California style groove.

11:34 Runtime

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24

Cali Groove - Embellishments

Next we add some embellishments to our California groove.

13:17 Runtime

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25

MJ Groove - Rhythm

Tim shows us some rhythmic ideas inspired by the King of Pop.

14:50 Runtime

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26

MJ Groove - Embellishments

Tim shows us some embellishments for the rhythm part we just learned.

14:52 Runtime

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27

Old School Groove - Rhythm

Tim gives us some rhythmic ideas for an old school style of backing track.

9:07 Runtime

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28

Old School Groove - Embellishments

Now we are going to add embellishments to that last track.

12:51 Runtime

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29

Isley Groove - Rhythm

Tim has one more groove to check out. Let's develop a rhythm part for this track now.

9:27 Runtime

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30

Isley Groove - Embellishments

Let's spice this last track up now with some embellishments.

11:26 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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